Understanding the Jewish Tradition of Shiva

Jewish funeral traditions

In the Jewish faith, the death of a loved one is followed by specific periods of mourning.   The first such period, known as shiva, begins immediately after the burial ceremony and lasts seven days. During this time, close family members observe certain customs and rituals to honor the deceased and process their grief. This…

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The Legacy and Symbolism of the Star of David in Judaism

Star of David at the entrance of a jewish cemetery in winter.

The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the “Shield of David” or “Magan David,” is an enduring and powerful emblem of the Jewish faith.   This six-pointed star has been a symbol of Jewish identity, culture, and religion for centuries. As we explore the origins, evolution, and significance of this iconic symbol, we uncover…

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The Profound Tradition of Placing Stones on Graves in Judaism

jewish headstone with stones placed along the top

Honoring the Deceased with Stone In Judaism, placing stones on a grave holds deep significance and is steeped in rich tradition.  This act of respect and remembrance transcends mere custom, embodying a connection between the living and the deceased that persists through time.  The tradition of leaving stones on a grave dates back to ancient…

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Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

A White Arrow with the words Comfort Zone written inside, and a Yellow Arrow pointing in a different direction with the word Success written inside.

Personal growth is a journey marked by challenges, triumphs, and the continuous pursuit of self-improvement.  One of the most effective ways to spur this growth is by stepping out of our comfort zones.  When we leave behind the familiar and venture into the unknown, we open ourselves to new experiences, skills, and perspectives that contribute…

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Ronald Allen Goldstein PH.D. Obituary

Ronald Allen Goldstein PH.D. Obituary Ronald Goldstein passed away on June 9, 2024, after a long stay at Cleveland Clinic Weston. Ron was married to Donna in 1995, but their love bloomed earlier and grew deeper each year.  They raised their blended family and all of their children attained college degrees, some higher degrees, and…

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Judith Ableman Obituary

Judith Ableman Obituary Judith was born in Chicago on Sept. 27, 1937. From the beginning of her life, Judith was a social butterfly and always had a ton of friends. She loved singing and sang in a group through high school and college. Judith was the life of the party and was always dressed to…

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Charlotte “Micki” J. Schner Obituary

Charlotte “Micki” J. Schner Obituary Charlotte (“Micki”) J. Schner 91, passed away surrounded by her family on May 21, 2024. Micki was born in Evanston, Illinois on November 7, 1932. She was predeceased in 2018 by her loving husband of 59 years, Lester, and together they built a life filled with love and joy. She…

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Jonathan Greenfield Mark Obituary

Jonathan Greenfield Mark Obituary Jonathan Greenfield Mark, a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Air Force, died on May 11, 2024, in Boca Raton, FL. Col. Mark was buried with full military (retiree) honors on May 14th at South Florida Jewish Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. He was 75 years old. A veteran of the Vietnam…

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