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  • Before a Jewish funeral service begins first-degree Jewish relatives engage in the act of kriah, or tearing one's garment or pinning a black ribbon called a kriah ribbon to one's lapel. It is a powerful and ancient reaction to the harsh reality of death and an acknowledgment that death tears an irreparable hole in the fabric of our lives. The kriah ribbon, or the torn garment, is worn for the sheloshim period, the thirty days extending from the funeral. Traditionally, it is removed on Shabbat, the Sabbath.

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    February 3, 2008