Top 5 Foods to Bring to a Shiva House

Shiva is a Hebrew word, and the meaning of the word is “Seven.” In Jew culture, when a person dies, their family has to remain at home for a week, and they can’t cook anything for the week. There are only seven relatives for whom jew people are supposed to observe Shiva.

Those relatives are the father, mother, brother or sister, son, daughter, or spouse. Mourners have to keep the house clean and perform prayer services. So as relatives, you should know how to help the mourners.

And the biggest support they can get during this week is the food you bring. If you don’t know which the best food items are to bring to a shiva house, then don’t worry I’m going to talk about the 5 best foods that you can bring to a Shiva house.

1. Nuts & Dried Fruits:

Before choosing this item, make sure none of the mourners are allergic to nuts. If not, then this item can be very useful for the mourners as nuts and fruits can give them the energy they’ll need. While mourning, they might not be in the mood of consuming heavy food items, so this will be the perfect food item in this case. You can also bring the nuts & fruits in cool baskets like Shiva gift baskets which will create a great impression.

2. Soup:

Soup is very healthy and also an easy item to make. You can either bring homemade soup or store-bought soup to a Shiva house. Because soup is an item that can get heated multiple times without getting harmed, that’ll be easier for the mourners to consume. Soup is also a much more comfortable food item in any season. You can bring this simple yet effective food item to a Shiva house to help the mourners.

3. Coffee:

Coffee is the most appreciated food item among the mourners. Because coffee is a daily essential. During Shiva week, mourners can get pretty tired. Coffee can make them feel better in this case. So, buy a nice tray of store-bought coffee and help out the mourners.

4. Hard Boiled Eggs:

In Judaism, the round shape of this food item represents the cycle of birth, life, and death. That’s why this item is one of the most thoughtful food items that you can bring to a Shiva House. Hard-boiled eggs are also very easy to make as they don’t need any lengthy preparations. Eggs are also a good source of protein that’ll keep the mourners energized.

5. Lentils:

Biblically this is the food item that Jacob makes for Isaac as he mourns his father’s death. You can continue the tradition by bringing this food item to a Shiva house. These will also satisfy the hungry mourners as this is a heavy food item and also very easy to prepare.


Don’t just sit in your home and feel sorry about the mourners. Instead, take these food items for them so that they can feel better and not sleep hungry.

Take care of your mourner friends and help them out by bringing essential food items to their house. Because the mourners usually are very helpless during this time. So next time, don’t hesitate to bring the food items that I’ve listed to a Shiva House.

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