|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.
"Actually this is, we did in Bangladesh
when any member dies in our country, at least one day, two days, they
does not cook anything. The other family member-- if he have no
family, any person from any house, they will bring the food. This
is just for the sympathy. If-- they can cook it, it is not a problem,
but just for the sympathy, they tell them, don't cook anything, we'll
bring the food today. Another family member says I'll bring everything
tomorrow, another family member says I'll bring day after tomorrow.
So almost three days, four days, five days, the family members, relatives,
or from anywhere they'll bring the food. In our country. But
here, everybody's busy (laughs)."