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The loss of a family member
brings mourning, tears, sadness. It is at this sorrowful time that we
find ourselves clinging more than ever to the Torah, and specifically to
the laws and customs of mourning. And it is at this time that we need
answers to our questions on the halachos of mourning - sometimes very
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen
has mastered the art of explaining halachah in a way that can be
immediately and clearly understood. For laymen, and especially for those
who need a quick and definitive answer to their questions, this
beautifully structured book takes the mourner from moments before the
death of a loved one, through aninus, the funeral, the various stages of
mourning, Kaddish, and up through the first yahrzeit. The concepts
related to the halachah are clearly defined, and the halachah is
presented concisely, so the reader immediately knows what to do. For
those who want to study further, Hebrew footnotes show sources and
discuss other opinions, and a detailed index makes it easy to find
specific topics and questions.
Does a person who'd been an
onen have to make up the tefillos he missed, when the levayah is over?
What is the special zimun said by mourners? May a person in the year of
aveilus invite others for a Shabbos meal? Attend a grandson's bar
mitzvah? Can a student send his teacher mishloach manos during the
teacher's year of mourning? Case after case, question after question:
Here are the answers, set out simply and with great clarity.
We should not know of
sorrow, but when mourning comes upon us we can turn to the Laws of
Aveilus, and be comforted by our Torah.