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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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March 18, 2017
Yahrzeit for my belolved mother Yedudit
My beloved mother Yehudit passed from this world on March 1, 2016. Tonight is her yarzheit. Her memory is blessed and may her soul rest in peace. She was one heck of a lady.
Wilton Manors, FL
December 12, 2016
My mom died at 60 yrs old today 3 yrs ago we all miss her. She was born 7/12/53 died 12/12/13
March 3, 2016
Thank you
Thank you for providing this information.
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