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Is there a prayer recited when lighting a Yahrtzeit candle?

Is there a prayer recited when lighting a Yahrtzeit candle?


There are those who say the following words while lighting the candle:

"I light this candle to bring peace to the soul of ________ (insert Jewish name) ben/bat (son of/daughter of) ________ (insert father's Jewish name)."

If the Jewish name of the deceased (or the deceased's father) is not known, the secular name may be used.

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September 23, 2015
My dearly beloved other passed away on 5/10/2009. I miss her very much. She had much wisdom .
May 23, 2015
I've continued to light two, in memory of both parents.
Mister K
March 9, 2015
The words of this prayer are directed towards the soul of the departed. We are praying that God bring peace upon their souls, so in fact it is a sort of prayer.
Shaul Wolf
March 5, 2015
I would say these are words of a commemoration or remembrance rather than a prayer. is that because the mitzvah is for the departed rather than for ourselves?
richmond va
August 8, 2013
SImchas Torah
Simchas Torah is no different than any other day as far as saying kaddish for a loved one
Yisroel Cotlar
Cary NC
August 7, 2013
Do I say Kaddish on Simchat Torah
April 9, 2013
yarzeit candle
when in my son's home, do I light a candle as well as he for my husband(his father) or is one enough
April 3, 2013
lighting of a yahrtzeit candle
While Yizkor is said on the eighth day, the yahrtzeit candle is lit the night before, on the seventh night of Passover, using a flame that was lit before the start of the seventh night. It should last for 24 hours. Staff
April 2, 2013
lighting of a yahrtzeit candle
Are you supposed to light a yahrtzeit candle at the end of Passover before saying yitzkor on the 8th day of the holiday?
March 31, 2013
Re Yahrtzeit Candles
Yes you can light the yahrtzeit candles for your in laws. Staff
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