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