Aveilut: A Time to Mourn

Yael and Rabbi Eckstein smiling into the camera while in Jerusalem.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Fellowship Founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. As we remember and honor his life and legacy, we share with you Rabbi Eckstein’s teachings on the Jewish traditions and rituals of mourning that have been passed down from generation to generation. Known in Hebrew as aveilut, it is a yearlong journey that Rabbi himself embarked upon following the passing of his father, Rabbi Simon Eckstein, and which his daughter, Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein has undertaken this past year. Join us this month as we take a deeper look at the biblical directives on mourning the loss of a loved one that guides the avelim (mourners) from grieving to healing. Through this process, we learn that even in our toughest moments, we are never forsaken. God is with us every step of the way — in life, in loss, and in mourning.

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