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Ask Rabbi Enkin: Death and Mourning in Judaism

Orthodox Rabbi Ari Enkin provides halachic answers to questions about death and mourning in Judaism.
Can a Gentile use a Yahrzeit memorial candle as an ordinary candle?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if a Gentile can use a Jewish Yahrzeit Memorial candle as an ordinary candle.
Can I light a Yahrzeit candle for a non-Jewish friend?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if a Jew can light a Yahrzeit memorial candle for a non-Jewish friend.
Do bereaved Jewish children need to sit shivah and observe mourning rituals?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if bereaved Jewish children need to observe shivah and other burial or mourning rituals for their parents?
Does Jewish Law command a funeral and burial for a stillborn or miscarried baby?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if Jewish law commands funerals and burials for stillborn or miscarried babies.
Why do Jewish families cover their mirrors after someone dies?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked why Jewish families cover their mirrors after someone dies.
Must the Unveiling Ceremony take place within a year after burial?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if the Jewish unveiling ceremony must take place within a year after a person passes away.
Are there Jewish traditions about burying a husband and wife together?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked about Jewish traditions regarding the burial of a husband and wife in the burial
How can we have an unveiling ceremony without a rabbi?
Can Jewish unveiling ceremonies take place without rabbis? How can we have an unveiling ceremony without a rabbi officiating?
Does Jewish Law require Memorial Prayers - Yizkor - for a bad person?
Rabbi Ari Enkin is asked if Jewish Law requires reciting Yizkor Memorial Prayers for a bad person.
Can I visit a grave before the unveiling?
Can I visit a grave before the unveiling? Should I not visit the grave on certain dates?
Does Judaism permit unveilings between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?
According to orthodox Judaism, can an unveiling ceremony take place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Rabbi Ari Enkin explains what Jewish law - halacha - says about the dates of unveilings.
Can old Yahrzeit memorial candles be reused?
Rabbi Ari Enkin answers a question about whether Jews, according to Jewish Law, can re-use old Yahrzeit memorial candles.

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