• n. The time between death and burial.

Example Sentences

  • "Aninut can be a somewhat chaotic time, even when burial arrangements have been made prior to the death." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אנינוּת, lit. 'intense mourning'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


  • "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." (JPS)

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