Yahrzeit, which means ‘a year’s time’ in Yiddish, is the anniversary of the death of a loved one. It is the day one year following the death, as calculated in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. This remembrance is performed annually by reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish and burning a Yahrzeit candle for 24 hours.
Kaddish is a prayer whose recitation, over time, has become a strongly held custom for mourners. The act of reciting Kaddish is considered to be a Mitzvah and the recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish is said in honor of the deceased, but focuses on life, promise and hope for individuals of the Jewish faith.
It is a Jewish minhag to light a special candle that burns for 24 hours, called a Yahrzeit candle to commemorate loved ones. On the Yahrzeit, a Yahrzeit candle is lit at sundown and will burn for a full 24 hours before extinguishing itself.
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It is a longstanding tradition to commemorate a loved one by adding his or her name to a Yahrzeit wall that honors the individual by lighting up on Yahrzeit and Yizkor dates in a synagogue or in Israel.
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