A Look at What it Means to Sit Shiva

Considering how death is such an integral part of life, it should come as no surprise that all human cultures have developed traditions around burial and mourning. In the Jewish tradition, for example, it’s traditional for family members to sit shiva, during which time they pray for and contemplate their deceased loved one for seven days.

This video discusses the basics of shiva, which comes from the Hebrew word for “seven.” Immediately after the funeral, family members of the deceased begin the formal mourning period while members of the community come by with food and prayers. Watch the video to learn more of the traditions involved in sitting shiva.

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