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ˈʃɪv əshiv·ah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shiva, shivah, shibahnoun

    (Judaism) a period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative

    "the family is sitting shiva"


  1. shivahnoun

    alternative spelling of shiva


  1. shivah

    Shiva (Hebrew: שִׁבְעָה šīvʿā, literally "seven") is the week-long mourning period in Judaism for first-degree relatives. The ritual is referred to as "sitting shiva" in English. The shiva period lasts for seven days following the burial. Following the initial period of despair and lamentation immediately after the death, shiva embraces a time when individuals discuss their loss and accept the comfort of others.Its observance is a requirement for the parents, siblings, spouses, and children of the person who has died. It is not a requirement for an individual who was less than thirty days old at the time of death. At the funeral, mourners wear an outer garment that is torn before the procession in a ritual known as keriah. In some traditions, mourners wear a black ribbon that is cut in place of an everyday garment. The torn article is worn throughout the entirety of shiva. Typically, the seven days begin immediately after the deceased has been buried. Following burial, mourners assume the halakhic status of avel (Hebrew: אבל, "mourner"). It is necessary for the burial spot to be entirely covered with earth in order for shiva to commence. This state lasts for the entire duration of shiva. During the period of shiva, mourners remain at home. Friends and family visit those in mourning in order to give their condolences and provide comfort. The process, dating back to biblical times, formalizes the natural way an individual confronts and overcomes grief. Shiva allows for the individual to express their sorrow, discuss the loss of a loved one, and slowly reenter society.


  1. shivah

    Shivah is a Jewish mourning observance that takes place during the seven days following the burial of a close family member — traditionally a parent, sibling, spouse or child. During this period, the mourners generally stay at home to reflect, pray and receive visitors. The term "shivah" comes from the Hebrew word for seven, signifying this seven-day period of grief and commemoration.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shivah in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shivah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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