עודכן ב: אפר 27
The Shiv'aa, the seven - day ritual mourning period, is one of the kindest and most humane rules of Judaism. That is probably why it is observed even by completely secular Jews.
It is a necessary buffer between the death of a loved one and a return to everyday life.
It gives the bereaved a chance to adjust slowly and to celebrate the life that has just ended together with friends and family.
The Shiv'a can be difficult because it forces us to face what has happened - and talk to endless visitors when we might just want to curl up into a ball - but it is cathartic and begins the healing process.
This is why it is important to have a Shivaa even when the physical conditions aren't met for example when the Coronavirus prohibits physical encounters or when a Shivaa is held in a different country. Hashivaa website assists in conducting the Shiv'a from afar.
*Written by Iris Langford