Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tearing k'riah


Today we begin a new topic: Mourning. It is a sad topic, but it is an inescapable part of life, and Jewish law has quite a bit to say about it.

The Torah presents us with numerous models, such as the actions of Avraham in mourning for Sarah, and the actions of Yaakov in mourning for his son Yosef, and these cases are the model for much of what Jews do after suffering a loss.

One who loses a close relative - parent, sibling, spouse or child - must tear his clothing.

(Code of Jewish Law Yoreh Deah 340:1)

Have a good day,

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