| While attending Abraham Rogarshevsky's
funeral, friends and neighbors of the family would prepare the apartment
for shiva, the traditional Jewish period of mourning. After
returning from the cemetery, the Rogarshevsky family would first rinse
their hands outside of the tenement and then eat the seudat havra-ah, which
is the traditional mourning meal in the Jewish faith. All of the
food is round which signifies the circle of life that has no end and no
beginning, but goes on and on forever.
"After the cemetery, everybody has
to wash their hands, before they go in the house. We have prepared
tables, with the two candles we put in center there. Then always they
have coffee, bread, or something, soup, strong soup, chicken soup for
the people coming from the cemetery. Then the family,
everybody quiet, because we know we don't see him (the deceased) anymore."