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Yahrtzeit, The

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Yahrtzeit, The: (Yiddish lit., “time of year”); the anniversary of someone’s passing, observed by the recitation of Kaddish, the study of mishnayot, etc.
Highlighting the anniversary of the passing of Tzadikim doesn't seem to have roots in the Bible – yet, it definitely isn't a modern invention as there are several clear references of such anniversaries being observed in antiquity – as per the sources pres...
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
26 Adar, 5751• March 12, 1991
A Rav can help you approximate the date of your brother’s passing. Observe his Yahrzeit on that date, and when his soul will be at peace, the tragedy of his death will no longer haunt you.
10 Shevat, 5743 • January 24, 1983
A person’s passing seems to be a time of sorrow, not happiness. Yet, we gather on the Rebbe’s Yahrzeit, to increase our energy, enthusiasm, and joy in fulfilling our life’s mission. Torah teaches that, “a greater light comes from darkness.” Torah instruct...
Traditionally, Jews toast with drink saying l’chaim together with family and friends when marking the yartzeit (day of passing) of a loved one. Why celebrate on such a day?
20 Menachem Av, 5742 • August 9, 1982
When someone passes on, the bond they share with their loved ones below is not severed. Family and friends alive in this world can continue to bring the soul joy and happiness.
The twentieth of Av marks the passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Reflecting on the passing of a loved one is seldom joyous and often brings up feelings of sadness and even bitterness.
20 Menachem Av, 5745 • August 7, 1985
My father gave his life helping to preserve Judaism in communist Russia; thus his Yahrzeit has great significance for all Jews – especially when we see the fruits of his self-sacrifice continuing to bear fruit today, with countless Jews from the Soviet Un...
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