Featuring a comprehensive, easy-to-follow chart of the laws and customs of Shiva
Shiva is one of the most recognizable terms in Judaism, and a practice that almost every Jew has experienced in one way or another. Nonetheless, few are prepared for Shiva before they experience it. This guide is designed to help the mourner navigate this difficult time in life, and to guide the consoler through the mitzvah of comforting a grieving friend or relative.
This is a marvelously written short book about grieving, comforting and dealing with the eventual mortality that faces us all. It is halachically accurate, psychologically insightful and written clearly and compassionately. I am certain that it will be a source of strength and comfort to many...
-- Rabbi Berel Wein, Director, Destiny Foundation
Yigal Segal has demonstrated the admirable ability to present the Torah’s answers to our age old questions about grief and mourning in a clear and practical manner ... I recommend this book to all who suffer loss, and all who wish to lend comfort to others who are grieving. I especially recommend it as a manual for Rabbis, counselors, and others who face these issues frequently.
-- Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus, Orthodox Union
We all make Shiva calls and, inevitably, we will sit Shiva ourselves. Yet, we know so little about this ritual. This lovely volume is a wonderful companion to Shiva, its origins and practices.
-- Ari L. Goldman, Author of Living a Year of Kaddish