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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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Marlena Khan Florida April 22, 2017

My Mother Pearl passed away April 7th 2013- I miss her every day and will light her Yahrtzeit candle tonight. Reply

Ron Wilton Manors, FL March 18, 2017

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. Reply

Stacy AZ 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 Reply

Anonymous Toronto March 3, 2016

Thank you for providing this information. Reply

Anonymous hallandale September 23, 2015

My dearly beloved other passed away on 5/10/2009. I miss her very much. She had much wisdom . Reply

Mister K Florida May 23, 2015

I've continued to light two, in memory of both parents. Reply

Shaul Wolf 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. Reply

Mindi richmond va 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? Reply

Yisroel Cotlar Cary NC August 8, 2013

Simchas Torah is no different than any other day as far as saying kaddish for a loved one Reply

Sid George August 7, 2013

Do I say Kaddish on Simchat Torah Reply

Anonymous florida April 9, 2013

when in my son's home, do I light a candle as well as he for my husband(his father) or is one enough Reply

Mister K boynton beach April 23, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

I would light it separately, as it is a prayer for a loved one, and blessed to be loved by the both of you. Reply Staff April 3, 2013

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. Reply

Mister K boynton beach April 23, 2017
in response to Staff:

You mean the eighth night (which begins at sundown), don't you? Reply

neal April 2, 2013

Are you supposed to light a yahrtzeit candle at the end of Passover before saying yitzkor on the 8th day of the holiday? Reply Staff March 31, 2013

Yes you can light the yahrtzeit candles for your in laws. Reply

Edith Waxenberg Nj March 31, 2013

Can I light yahrzeit candles for my in laws now that my husband is deceased? Reply

Rabbi Menachem Posner November 1, 2012

If your relatives did not leave children, you may certainly light candles for them. In the event that the date of death is unknown (as is the case for many who perished in the Holocaust) the family chooses a date on which to observe yartzeit. Reply

Jonathan London, England October 31, 2012

If relatives are dead and have no children who can light the candle and say a prayer,suppose the date of death is uncertain what then? I have been thinking about close family who have died and this matter concerns me . Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson September 24, 2012

Correct, a Yahrtzeit candle is lit before the holiday candles on the Eve of Yom Kippur. For candle lighting times in your area please see Reply