How to Celebrate Yahrtzeit

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Jews celebrate death anniversaries solemnly. Yahrzeit rituals allow  mourners to honor the memory of the deceased. During Yahrzeit, we allow ourselves to re-experience the pain of losing our loved one while at the same time celebrating the life they lived .

  • Light a Yahrzeit candle at sundown on the night before Yahrzeit. A Yahrzeit candle is a memorial candle traditionally lit to honor the deceased. The flame of the Yahrzeit candle symbolizes the soul of the deceased.
  • Give tzedakah to honor the deceased’s memories. Contact a Jewish charity organization to make a donation or plant trees in Israel through the Jewish National Fund.
  • Say the Mourner’s Kaddish. A Mourner’s Kaddish is a form of Kaddish recited for 11 months following the death of a loved one and during Yahrzeit.
  • Learn the Torah. Read the Torah with your loved ones or with someone from your community.
  • Do the Kiddish ritual by sponsoring one at the synagogue.
  • Fast on this day from sunrise to sundown.

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Posted by Haydee on Monday, July 19th, 2010. Filed under Jewish How To. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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