Category Archives: Life Cycle

Why we bury our dead?

It is from Genensis The First Death: Death as a Mystery “Cain said to his brother Abel…and when they were in the field, Cain set upon his brother Abel and killed him” [Gen.4:8]. How did Cain slay Abel? He took … Continue reading

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Protecting the Babies

Garlic and red ribbons were placed on the baby’s crib to protect it from the evil eye, or demons. Lilith, one such demon, is specifically suspected of stealing small children for herself, since, as legend has it, she is forever … Continue reading

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The Torah Service

The Torah Service – Bar/Bat Mitzvah   The Bar (son) or Bat (daughter) Mitzvah (B’nei = children) reads directly from Torah as part of the ceremony to become a responsible member of the community. The Torah service: TORAH SERVICE THE … Continue reading

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Yahrzeit: Anniversary of a Death

Each year on the on the anniversary of the death (based on the Hebrew calendar), a candle should be lit and burn all day in the house of the mourner. Underlying this is the verse from Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit … Continue reading

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Stones on the Grave

Jewish  tradition is to leave a stone on the grave when visiting.  While there are many reasons for this – here are a few                             TraditionsRenewed has … Continue reading

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Rose Water into the Grave

In the Babylonian tradition, family and friends sprinkle rosewater into the grave after the coffin is lowered.

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Flowers into the Grave

When planning my father’s funeral, my mother had great difficulty with being the first to put dirt into the grave. We decided to all put flowers into the grave, after the coffin was lowered. This was not against Jewish custom, … Continue reading

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Unveiling of the Stone

After about 11 months a stone is placed on a grave. Often there is a short ceremony at the graveside for this occasion. It is not necessary to have a Rabbi for this, but it is nice. Prayers and sharing … Continue reading

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Death/Funeral/Unveiling/Yahrzeit

In the Jewish tradition, mourning for the passing of a loved one is gradually scaled down with specific milestones, making it easier to reach closure and move on with life, yet still remember. The milestones : The first week of … Continue reading

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Vidui – Confession by the Gravely Ill

A confession/prayer said by or for someone who is near death holds many meaningful thoughts about life. While it has different meanings to different people, it is an acknowledgement of both our mortality and the importance of reflection on life: … Continue reading

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