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Comforting the Mourner (Nichum Aveilim)

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For a week after a funeral, the close relatives of the deceased sit and mourn the loss of their relative. “Shiva” is Hebrew for “seven,” since this stage of mourning lasts for seven days.
What we say to a mourner and how it provides comfort.
After Thirty-Eight Years
She asked me what happened. Why did we lose track of each other? I said in those days, with no email, she moved to Israel and I stayed behind. It was harder to work at staying in touch and just easier to let things drop and occasionally hear about her fro...
“When I was about three years old, the war broke out. I was too young to know why things were so hard, but old enough to know that every egg and every piece of fruit was a real treasure.”
This class gives us a better understanding of the mitzvah of comforting a mourner.
Laws of comforting the mourners - A mourner is forbidden to work shivah
Timely and delayed news of the death - Laws of comforting the mourners
The Torah's guidelines for mourning are sensitive to and appreciate what the mourner needs during this time.
A rabbi shares words you should never say to a mourner
Some things are obvious: Don't stride in and announce to all present the latest mazal tov in your family. Don't sit on the side, ignoring the mourner while chatting and giggling with a friend.
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