Ask the Conservative Rabbi: Death and Mourning in Judaism
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is what to do when one needs to mourn the loss of a family member and the Hebrew name is unknown.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked what is an appropriate mourning or memorial gift to give a Jewish friend in mourning.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if Judaism provides any prayers that can be recited when burying a beloved pet dog.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if a Conservative Jew needs to recite the mourner's kaddish prayer three times a day?
According to Jewish practice, on Yom Kippur should I light one Yahrzeit candle for each of my parents or one for both of them?
According to Jewish practice, can my sister and I remove the cloth during our mother's unveiling ceremony?
According to Jewish practice, can we have two family unveiling ceremonies on the same day?
According to Jewish practice, can one send cards inviting people to an unveiling ceremony? Sending invitations to such a sad occassion seem strange.
According to Jewish practice, can I have an unveiling ceremony without a rabbi officiating? If so, where can I find materials to do the unveiling ceremony myself?
According to Jewish practice, can I have an unveiling ceremony for my mother even though more than a year has passed since her death? Must a rabbi officiate at the ceremony?
Must Conservative Jews who die be buried in a shroud and laid to rest in the ground?
What does Jewish Law say about funerals and mourning rituals during Passover?
As a conservative Jew can I donate my usable organs after I die? What is I have a transplanted organ, can I still have a Jewish burial?
Are Jews not embalmed before burial?
According to Jewish practice, can I light a memorial candle for someone deceased less than 30 days?
When a child is still-born, does one sit shiva?
Is cremation allowed in Judaism? Why or why not?
What kind of Jewish content can be included in my mother's gravestone and funeral, even though she married outside her faith and did not practice Judaism?
How can I find the Hebrew name of a deceased relative for his gravestone and funeral?
How long should one, who is sitting shiva, wear the kriah ribbon or torn garment of mourning according to Judaism?
What should I serve at the first meal after the funeral for my bereaved friend?
Can pregnant women attend a Jewish burial service at a cemetery?
Why do Jews place rocks on graves (like in the movie Schindler's List)?
What is the appropriate date for an unveiling?
Is it necessary to have a rabbi officiate at an unveiling ceremony?
How can I guard against a fire from the 24-hour memorial candle?
When should I light Yahrzeit (memorial) candles?
How is a Yahrzeit (anniversary of a death) remembered if it falls on the Sabbath?