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The Yahrzeit

Yahrzeit is a Yiddish word meaning anniversary (“yahr”- year, “zeit”- time). In Judaism, this is the anniversary of a person’s death. In Hebrew, it is known as Yom Hazikaron.

Remembering the Anniversary of One's Death

The anniversary of one’s death is traditionally remembered by:

  • Lighting a memorial candle, which is symbolic of the soul of the deceased. This candle should be lit on the eve of the Yahrzeit. It can be lit by any member of the family and there is no blessing recited.
  • A visit to the grave
  • Reciting the Kaddish in the synagogue and having an Aliyah from the Torah
  • Donating to charity in the name of the deceased

Due to the solemnity of the day, many people avoid festivities or participation in joyous activities.

The Yahrzeit is observed on the anniversary of the Hebrew date of death, which differs yearly from the English calendar date.

Memorial Candle

It is important to have a “Yahrzeit Calendar”, which identifies the date of observance for years to come. If you should need a Yahrzeit Calendar, please call Sinai Memorials at (347) 438-0315 or email us at info@sinaimemorials.com to request a free copy.

There are certain dates that may cause confusion in the months of Adar, or the 29th and 30th days of certain Hebrew months. If you need guidance regarding these dates, you may contact Rabbi Strasberg, our pastoral counselor, or your personal Rabbi.

If the exact day of death is uncertain, one may choose a date close to the date they think it might fall on and observe that day as the Yahrzeit from then on. If you miss the Yahrzeit, this may be remedied by setting aside another day for observance, for that year only, and lighting the memorial candle and observing the Yahrzeit rituals on that day.

Yahrzeit is a Yiddish word meaning anniversary. In Judaism, this is the anniversary of a person’s death.
Yahrzeit Calendar
If you should need a Yahrzeit Calendar, please call Sinai Memorials at 347.438.0315, email us at info@sinaimemorials.com, or click the contact us button below to request a free copy.