Shiva: What You Need to Know
Questions and answers about traditions for the seven-day Jewish mourning period.
Why Do Jews Put Stones on Graves?
Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.
The Jewish Funeral, or Levaya
A Jewish funeral is held as quickly as possible after death and usually includes readings, a eulogy, and a special memorial prayer.
The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing
The ancient practice of tearing clothes is a tangible expression of grief and anger in the face of death.
How to Give a Jewish Eulogy (Hesped)
This speech honoring the deceased is an important ancient Jewish custom.
The Mourner’s Kaddish: A Memorial Prayer in Praise of God
What you need to know about this Jewish prayer recited in memory of the dead.
Jewish Funerals: What to Expect When You Go
Bad news, unfortunately, travels fast. It can be helpful to know in advance what to do when attending a Jewish funeral.
Judaism and Suicide
Taking one's life is officially a violation of Jewish law, but many contemporary rabbis recognize that most suicides result from struggles with mental illness.
Finding Balance Between Mourning and Living
There is deep wisdom in the way the biblical figure Aaron mourns the loss of his sons.
Yizkor: The Jewish Memorial Service
Yizkor is recited four times a year during holiday synagogue services.