The Laws & Customs of Mourning Vol. 1




The study of the laws of mourning is traditionally ignored amongst scholarly circles and Yeshivos, due to its morbid content. This tradition has led to a lack of proper knowledge of the laws and customs associated with mourning and burial, which become very much relevant to those who are suddenly faced with the reality of a deceased loved one. In this work, split to three volumes, we carefully organize and clearly delineate all the laws and customs relevant throughout the mourning period, as well as the period preceding the death, and those which extend past the mourning.

The laws of Mourning Volume 1 includes the following topics:

Chapter 1: Illness & End of Life preparations

Chapter 2: Time of death-The State of Goses and departure of the soul

Chapter 3: Aninus-The laws of an Onen

Chapter 4: The Mitzvah to bury & Laws relating to the burial plot

Chapter 5: The Taharah

Chapter 6: The laws of Keria and Baruch Dayan Haemes

Chapter 7: Eulogy/Hesped

Chapter 8: Funeral & Burial

Chapter 9: Kohen attending a funeral or burial

Chapter 10: The passing of an infant, Nefel, stillborn & miscarriage

The Laws of Mourning-Shiva, Shloshim, First year

Chapter 11: The Mitzvah to mourn & How

Chapter 12: Who is obligated to mourn and be mourned-Shiva/Shloshim/Year

Chapter 13: How to calculate the days of Shiva-The start and end of Shiva

Chapter 14: Seudas Havraah/The First meal after burial

Chapter 15: The Shiva home

Chapter 16: Nichum Aveilim

Chapter 17: Learning Mishnayos

Chapter 18: The Prayers and blessings during Shiva

The remaining subjects are covered in volume 2 of this series. A thorough summary and checklist is available in volume 3. This work provides the reader with the ability to find practical direction in how to proceed in the various questions raised at this most sensitive time in his life. We have carefully and meticulously analyzed all the corresponding chapters in the Shulchan Aruch, as well many additional Achronim and authoritative books already written on the subject, to give the English reader the most organized, clear and resourced literature available of all the laws and customs practiced throughout mourning, with a wealth of practical Q&A. As in all our works, we have carefully studied, and noted the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch Harav and Chabad custom relating to the subject. The Sefer makes note of the customs and practices of Jews of all spectrums of Jewry; Sephardi and Ashkenazi, in order so each can receive their direction of practice.

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