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1,332. Bentching in the Shiva House
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207:7 We are no longer accustomed to recite the prayer for mourners in bentching (grace after meals), relying on the opinion that this prayer was only instituted for bentching with a minyan. 208:1 These are the things that a mourner is not permitted to do during shiva: working, washing, anointing, wearing (leather) shoes, and engaging […]
More About After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
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Correspondence with Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona) There is no essential connection between fore-blessings and after-blessings. Examples: Rice The fore-blessing is borei minei mezonot, so you might expect the after-blessing to be al ha’michya. But the correct after-blessing is borei nefashot. Apple The fore-blessing is borei pri ha’eitz, so you might expect the after-blessing to be al […]
1,331. The Shiva Minyan
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207:5 Shiva should be observed in the place where the deceased died because that’s where the soul of the deceased will “mourn” and doing so would provide it with some comfort. It is a mitzvah to have a minyan for prayers there morning and evening. See 20:6 that we do not recite birkas kohanim (the […]
1,330. The Power of Words
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207:3 A person should never say things like “I wasn’t punished enough for my sins” because doing so provides an opening for the Heavenly accuser. 207:4 One shouldn’t tell a mourner things like, “What are you going to do? You can’t change what G-d decides.” This is tantamount to blasphemy because it suggests that if […]
1,329. Comforting Mourners
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207:1 Consoling mourners is a great mitzvah. We see from Hashem Himself that we should comfort mourners, as per Genesis 25:11, “It happened after the death of Avraham that G-d blessed his son Yitzchak.” This is an act of kindness to both the living and the deceased. The comforters are not permitted to start talking until the mourner […]