Question:

Is one allowed to give or receive gifts during the sheloshim for a parent. What is considered a gift? Can an avel send a cake to a neighbor to express one’s appreciation for a favor?

Answer:

An ovel is not supposed to receive gifts as it is like greeting and saying “shalom”. If an ovel wants to send a cake to a neighbor as an expression of appreciation not a problem.

Sources:

O:CH 696:7, Y:D 385:3

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