|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.
"In the Dominican Republic, what happened
was the that everyone in her small town knew my grandmother passed away,
so everyone came out to see my grandmother and then the family members
would go to the cemetery to bury her. After
the burial, they went back to the house and for nine days they do an Orosanta,
the rosary, at a certain time each day. An Orosanta is a prayer
for the resurrection of the body and the spirit, to take away all their sins.
And there, a lot of people bring food, everyone who came brought something to