Jewish Studies Death and Mourning

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Shloshim

The thirty-day mourning period

Shemira

To be with person who died

Aron

Container/casket made entirely of wood and contains no metal parts.

Mourner's Kaddish

The Kaddish that is recited and not Sung

Shivah

A period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative

Yahrzeit

The anniversary of the death.

Yizkor

A memorial service recited four times a year.

Avelut

Eleven after the death

Kriah

Rip the ribbon

Tahara

The ceremony of washing the deceased before the burial; serves as a ritual purification or cleansing of the body and should be performed by the Chevra Kaddisha.

Tachrichin/shroud

White robe made of plain linen or sheet

Unveiling

to remove a veil or covering from the gravestone

Chevra kadisha

Person who stays with the body until burial

Aninut

The period before burial. not high holidays, Pesach, Shavuot or Sukkot

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