How soon is a Jewish funeral after death?

How soon is a Jewish funeral after death?

Typically, the time between death and burial is not long. Traditionally a Jewish burial is supposed to take place within 24 hours of death.

Can a Jewish funeral be held on a Friday?

No mourning may occur on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), nor may the burial take place on Shabbat, but the day of Shabbat does count as one of the seven days. If a Jewish holiday occurs after the first day, that curtails the mourning period.

Can you bring flowers to a shiva?

Send a card or food-a shiva gift basket. Never send flowers! Shiva gifts should be foods that are well liked by many (don’t forget young kids, if they are part of the mourning family) and easy to serve.

Do you bring anything to a Shiva?

Shiva baskets typically contain baked goods, dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruits and/or chocolates. The food items in a shiva basket are designed to provide nourishment and energy to those sitting shiva for the entire seven days. This is a traditional shiva gift and is appropriate to give to a Jewish family in mourning.

What are the rules for sitting Shiva?

Shiva Restrictions

  • Leaving the house, except to go to synagogue on Shabbat, or even during the week if there is no minyan at the shiva house.
  • Work or any business pursuits.
  • Shaving or haircuts.
  • Bathing, other than for basic hygiene.
  • The use of cosmetics.
  • Wearing leather shoes.
  • Festivities of any kind.
  • Wearing new clothing.

What do you say to someone sitting shiva?


  • “I am very sorry for your loss.” (Simple is sometimes the best)
  • “May his memory be a blessing.”
  • “We loved her and she will be missed.”
  • “I am here for you if you need someone to listen.”
  • “He was very important to me.”
  • “I learned so much from her.”
  • “Our whole community has suffered a loss.”

Can I shower during Shiva?

SHIVA RESTRICTIONS AND PROHIBITIONS Observing the various traditions is a personal decision. Many traditional Shiva restrictions include no wearing of new clothes, no shaving for men, no washing clothes, no bathing.

Do Jews shave their heads when mourning?

In the Torah Numbers (Ch. 6) additionally requires that Nazarites shave their heads, 7 days after any contact with corpses.

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