noun Judaism.
the mourning period, following the funeral and lasting traditionally for seven days, observed by Jews for a deceased parent, sibling, child, or spouse.
sit shivah, to observe this period.
Also, shibah.

< Hebrew shibhʿāh literally, seven Unabridged
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shivah (ˈʃivɑ, ˈʃivə)
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
[from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)]

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Word Origin & History

seven days of mourning in Jewish religious custom, 1892, from Heb. shibhah "seven," short for shibh'ath yeme ha'ebhel "the seven days of mourning."
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Example sentences
If the family event is in their home, then it's likely you've been invited to sit shivah.
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