וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ
Hesped.org is an online treasury of eulogies which were delivered at Jewish funerals and in the following days during shiva prayers in the homes of mourners.

Observing religious laws and traditions, Jews are buried quickly. In most circumstances there is an obligation to deliver a hesped (eulogy). Eulogies need to be composed in the brief and raw time following a death, and consequently always have a profound and special quality. These powerful pieces of writing encapsulate the essence of a person and their life. They are crafted to honour the person,and by mentioning their good deeds encourage the listeners to consider their own legacies. As the Talmud and subsequent halachic commentaries suggest (Shulchan Orech, Yoreh De’ah 344:1) they should also aim to make the mourners feel the pain of their loss and offer some comfort too.

The archive includes some eulogies from tombstone consecration services which usually take place many months after the funeral. These are written in a calmer atmosphere and after the passage of some time with a different perspective.

This website is a place of tribute and memorial.It has been developed and will be maintained with an intention of dignity, respect and holiness. We hope you will find your visit gives you an opportunity to pause from the normal pace of life, to read these stories and be inspired.

You can read Miriam Grabiner's piece entitled "Why I founded Hesped?" in the Journal section.

Anyone can contribute hespedim (eulogies) which were delivered at Jewish funerals and shiva prayers and stone settings, as long as you have the agreement of close family members.

At the end of the online submission process you should see an acknowledgement that we have received your contribution.Within a few days we will send you an email to let you know that the hesped has been posted.

You can get in touch with us by emailing contact@hesped.org if you would like to add some missing details such as a photograph or dates that may not have been known when the hesped was submitted.

It is not possible to alter the text of a hesped submitted by someone else.

Yes. There can be up to five hespedim (eulogies) for one individual.
An initial hesped needs to be submitted and posted to the website before you can contribute additional hespedim.

This is very simple if you know the Gregorian date, and if the death was before or after sunset.Go to the Date Converter page on www.hebcal.com and you can convert the Gregorian date to the Hebrew date.

Get in touch

Hesped.org is a not for profit project of The Blue Thread,UK registered charity no 1130704. If you would like to support or find out more about our organisation, please get in touch via the email below.