Archive for the ‘Funerals’ Category

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…)