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shivah

[shiv-uh] /ˈʃɪv ə/
noun, Judaism.
1.
the mourning period, following the funeral and lasting traditionally for seven days, observed by Jews for a deceased parent, sibling, child, or spouse.
2.
sit shivah, to observe this period.
Also, shibah.
Origin
< Hebrew shibhʿāh literally, seven
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  • If the family event is in their home, then it's likely you've been invited to sit shivah.
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shivah

/ˈʃivɑ; ˈʃivə/
noun (Judaism)
1.
the period of formal mourning lasting seven days from the funeral during which the mourner stays indoors and sits on a low stool
2.
sit shivah, to mourn
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)
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Word Origin and History for shivah
n.

seven days of mourning in Jewish religious custom, 1892, from Hebrew shibhah "seven," short for shibh'ath yeme ha'ebhel "the seven days of mourning."

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