It’s the sort of book that no one ever wants to need, and that everyone hopes no one else will need- even the author! But unfortunately, a book on the compiled laws of mourning is one that is necessary for many people. The Mourner’s Companion is written from the viewpoint of the mourner- what he needs to know, when he needs to know it, and in the very succession that he needs to understand what his halachic responsibilities are. The author presents the halachos in a clear concise manner, focusing on the practices most observed in America, and refraining from citing other opinions that the reader might find confusing.
The piskei halacha are carefully referenced, including rulings given to the author from Rav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, shlit”a.
The book comes in a soft covered edition that can easily fit into a man’s inside jacket pocket or a woman’s purse. It is also available in e-book format from the website MournersCompanion.com for families and patients who need immediate guidance for a loved one’s last moments of life. The e-book may be downloaded to a Smartphone, e-book reader, or tablet. “I have often been asked to FedEx copies to people who are rushing to be with their ill relative, and now I can provide even more immediate help by having them download The Mourner’s Companion within two minutes,” said Rabbi Drucker.
Out of print for the last 6 years, Rabbi Reuven Drucker, Rav of Agudath Israel of Edison/Highland Park, NJ, recently received a grant to once again make it available to the public. He is also the author of a number of halachic articles and guides, as well as the Introduction, translation and commentary to the ArtScroll edition of Sefer Yehoshua. He has served as a menahel in Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in Washington Heights, in addition to serving in the American Rabbinate for more than a quarter century.
Rav Drucker’s book has received outstanding reviews from many different rabbanim in America. It is prefaced by haskomos from Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky, Rav Moshe Heinemann, and Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Bick, Shlit”a.
The Mourner’s Companion is becoming available in major Jewish bookstores and may also be ordered from the www.MournersCompanion.com website.