Archive for the ‘Burials’ Category

Rabbi – I looked at your website, and I think it’s nice, but I have a question, and I hope you can help me. My grandmother who was and is very dear to me just passed away. Where is her soul? Where does the soul go?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

– Andrew Feldman, Manalapan, NJ

Firstly, please accept my condolences on your recent loss. I sincerely hope that you and your family will find comfort, and that the noble soul of your grandmother will enter its eternal resting place in peace.

 Your question is quite poignant; (more…)

What is Judaism’s understanding of cremation?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Jack Sanders, Sacramento, California

Jewish Law does take a strict view with regards to cremation. Regular internment in the ground is considered the honorable and beneficial method of laying the departed to rest, and is the fulfillment of a positive Biblical commandment (a ‘mitzvah’). As such, it would be most unfortunate to deprive the deceased of this procedure by subjecting the body to cremation. (more…)

Why do mourners need to recite Kaddish? What is the difference between Kaddish and Kiddush?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Charles Friedman, Boca Raton, Florida

Kiddush and Kaddish are two separate prayers, recited on different occasions, and serve different functions. But they do have a common denominator. (more…)

Can you explain what “shivah” means?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Joyce P. Smiles, Indianapolis, Indiana

Shivah” refers to the first stage of mourning following the loss of a close relative.  (more…)