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1,328. If Asked About the Deceased
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206:10 While we should not inform someone of a relative’s passing (see 206:9), if someone asks regarding that relative’s well-being, one may not lie and say that he is alive, as per Exodus 33:7, “keep far away from a false matter.” Rather, one should answer him in an ambiguous fashion so that he will understand […]
1,327. Informing the Bereaved
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206:8 If a person learned after a yom tov that a relative died before that yom tov, even though the holiday would cancel shiva for those who had already observed some mourning before yom tov, it wouldn’t for him since he had not done so. If anyone learns of a close relative’s passing, even on […]
1,326. Notification Before Yom Tov
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206:6 If one received timely notification of a death on a Shabbos that was also erev yom tov,  since he observed private mourning, the arrival of yom tov cancels the rest of shiva. 206:7 If a person receives delayed notification of a death on Shabbos or yom tov, he doesn’t observe any form of mourning; […]
1,325. Notification on Shabbos
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206:4 If one received timely notification of a death on Shabbos, then Shabbos counts as the first day of shiva. After Shabbos, the mourner tears his garment and counts another six days. 206:5 If he received timely notification on Shabbos or yom tov, and after Shabbos or yom tov the news would be considered delayed, […]
1,324. After 30 Days
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206:2 If the mourner received word of his relative’s passing after 30 days, this is considered delayed notification and he only observes mourning for one hour. It doesn’t matter if he heard during the day or at night; observing one hour of mourning is sufficient, even for a parent. However, mourning practices that one observes […]
1,323. Timely Notification
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205:9 Some people have the practice to fast on the day a Torah scholar dies. 206:1 If a person learned of the death of a close relative for whom he is required to mourn within 30 days of the relative’s passing, even on the thirtieth day itself, this is considered timely notification and the mourner […]
1,322. Delayed Notification
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205:7 The seudas havra’ah (meal of consolation) is brought when the mourner has received timely news of his relative’s passing (i.e., within 30 days of the death), not for delayed news (after 30 days). If the mourner received timely news on Shabbos, he is not brought food and he eats of his own. He is […]
1,321. Buried at Night or Erev Shabbos
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205:5 If the deceased was buried at night and the mourner wants to eat at night, he may not eat of his own food; others should bring food for him. If he doesn’t want to eat at night, he may not eat the first daytime meal of his own food. Since day follows night in […]
1,320. A Married Woman in Mourning
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205:3 If a married woman became a mourner, she is not permitted to eat the first meal from her husband. Since he is obligated to feed her, it’s like her own food. Similarly, if a hired worker whose wages include meals becomes a mourner, he may not eat the first meal of shiva of his […]
1,319. The Meal of Consolation
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205:1 On the first day of shiva, a mourner is forbidden to eat his first meal of his own food, so it’s a mizvah for his neighbors to send him that first meal. This is called seudas havra’ah, the meal of consolation. The meal should start with eggs or lentils because these are round without […]