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Where Does Shiva Come From?
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Where Does Shiva Come From? We only see from this verse that there is an obligation to mourn, not how long one must do so. So where does the practice to “sit shiva” come from? “Sitting shiva” – that is, mourning for seven days – is not a Biblically-mandated practice per se but it does […]
The Obligation to Mourn
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The Obligation to Mourn There is a Biblical obligation for a bereaved person to mourn for his deceased relative. This is easily inferred from Leviticus 21:2-3, which describes the seven relatives for whom a kohein (priest) may render himself ritually impure: “…except for his close relative, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his […]