aninut n. Hebrew (ah-nee-NOOT) The period of time from the moment of death until burial. Since it is traditional for Jews to be buried within a few days of death, this period lasts for only a few days at most. Because the family’s focus is on caring for the deceased and preparing for the burial, condolence visits, or shivah calls, are generally not made during this time.

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Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish holidays and life-cycle events, culture, history, the Bible and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a pronunciation guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (7). Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society.

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