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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.
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Question: Almost a year ago, I lost my child. I watch the world moving along while I am left behind in the memory of her and of what could have been. Now the first yartzeit is coming up. What is that supposed to mean to me? Where do I take things from her...
Normally, a yahrtzeit is observed on the anniversary (on the Jewish calendar) of the passing. If the deceased was buried two or more days after the death, some have the custom of observing the first yahrtzeit on the anniversary of the day of the burial as...
Question: I have recently been reading up on how to honor the dead. I really believe that I can benefit my loved ones in the next worlds by doing good things in their honor in this one. I recently found out the dates of their deaths, and my question is: C...
I love my dad very much and I want to pay him the proper respect. Am I allowed to travel to the show if I know that I possibly won’t find a minyan there to say kaddish on his yahrtzeit?
Before addressing this question, let’s recount a story that underscores the importance of a mourner reciting Kaddish and reading the haftarah throughout the year of mourning.
Question: My grandmother passed away on her Jewish birthday. A relative said that in Judaism it is considered a particular blessing to die on one’s birthday. Is that correct? Answer: That is indeed the case. The Talmud teaches that Moses passed away on th...
And when and how is it done?
We Jews light a whole lot of candles for the dead. What is the reason behind the candle, and when did the custom begin?
Question: I'm all confused. How many candles do I need to light before Yom Kippur and why am I lighting them? Response: On Yom Kippur we light (1) candles in honor of the holiday, (2) candles in honor of our deceased parents, (3) candles in the synagogue,...
There are those who say the following words while lighting the candle:...
Question: My mother's yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) falls on the 23rd of this month. This year the date falls on Shabbat. How do I go about lighting the yahrtzeit candle? Answer: The Jewish calendar day begins at sunset of the night beforehand, hence y...
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