In Judaism, mourners are offered the condolence “הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלָיִם“, “May The Omnipresent comfort you among the remnant mourners of Zion and Jerusalem” throughout the period of Shiva. The most common honorific is “of blessed memory,”and the Hebrew transliteration is “zikhrono livrakha” (m.) / “zikhronah livrakha” (f.) (Hebrew: (f.) “זיכרונה לברכה‎” \ (m.) “זיכרונו לברכה‎“). It is often abbreviated in English both as OBM and as “Z”L” The Hebrew abbreviation is “ז״ל‎.” Upon the passing of a loved one, it is customary to tear an article of clothing to show grief. This action is called kriah and is symbolic of loss and extreme grief.

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Upon receiving the news of the death, the following blessing is recited: ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת. Transliteration: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, dayan ha-emet. Translation: “Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, the Judge of Truth”.

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