Remembering Your Loved Ones During the High Holidays

Friday, September 18

Celebrating the holidays without a loved one is understandably, painful. Year after year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the prescribed times to reflect on life and remember loved ones, are spent with family, it’s a Jewish tradition. While this tradition continues amongst the living, the absence of those that have passed, is noticeable. After losing… Read More

Choosing a Cemetery: A Grave Decision

Monday, July 13

Throughout life, we allocate time to make choices about where we will live, work, and vacation. The emphasis that we put on the selection of our final resting place should mimic how we make choices for locales while living. For many, the decision may already be made for them by way of family plots. For… Read More

Funerals and Shivas as New York Reopens

Tuesday, June 2

Over the past few months, people have become accustomed to carrying out rituals using virtual sources. Funerals have been attended via video conferencing and mourners were consoled during online shivas. Although traditions are observed, anything carried out digitally lacks the long-established personal feel. Now that restrictions are being adjusted to ease back into normalcy, what… Read More

Preserving Memories and Planning to Celebrate Loved Ones That Recently Passed Away 

Monday, May 4

The past few weeks have been difficult for everyone; however, you may have experienced added stress, pain, or sadness from other life-altering factors like saying an unexpected goodbye to a family member or friend.  Even though a standard burial and ritual process was likely carried out, there were most definitely alterations to the manner that… Read More

Dealing With a Death at This Difficult Time

Friday, March 27

We are currently facing unprecedented circumstances leading us to alter our daily lives. The modification to spiritual and momentous experiences have had significant impact on the Jewish community. Synagogues have canceled services and other weekly gatherings, Bar Mitzvahs are being rescheduled, and weddings postponed. While many of these ritual and joyous milestone events are being… Read More

How to Share the News of a Family Member’s Death

Thursday, February 20

Spreading the news of milestone events such as births and engagements is easy, exciting, and extremely anticipated, however, we will inevitably be faced with having to convey melancholic, yet necessary news of a loved one’s passing to family, friends and other relevant parties. While we fear the days that these calls need to be made,… Read More

Jewish Burial Garments

Tuesday, January 28

When planning a loved one’s funeral, many people may automatically assume that staging the decedent’s attire is necessary for burial. Depending on the religion, this may be the case, as many faiths bury the departed in beloved or formal articles of clothing and accessories. However, Jewish funeral customs establish that burial garments be simple and uniform for… Read More

Dressing for a Jewish Funeral

Sunday, December 22

What to wear is one of the most common questions that we ask ourselves on a daily basis. For most occasions, we have a general idea of how we are expected to dress. However, when a loss occurs and it  time to pay our respects, it may be questionable as to what is appropriate. The… Read More