American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Judaism The anniversary of the death of a relative, observed with mourning and the recitation of religious texts.
- Yiddish, anniversary, from Middle High German jārzīt : jār, year (from Old High German) + zīt, time (from Old High German). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Anyone who has watched the last 5 or so minutes of CSI: NY this past Wednesday - an episode titled "Yahrzeit" - should know what I'm talking about.”
“I have 'Yahrzeit' for my mother," explained Jo Lewis, glancing toward the taper after greeting his visitors.”
“We light a Yahrzeit candle on the anniversary of her death every year.”
“But she lights the Yahrzeit candle for her mother because she saw her mother lighting the candle for her mother.”
“Her Yiddish records “Eli, Eli” (which was also popularized by Belle Baker) and “Yahrzeit” sold for $1.75 each in 1921.”
“Yet here in Israel, with my parents long gone and no known Yahrzeit date for any of my four grandparents murdered in the death camps, I find myself year after year yearning to mark the day in some meaningful way.”
“In the years between our births, there were at least three miscarriages and one heartbreakingly stillborn baby boy that my mother still lights a Yahrzeit candle for every year.”
“There would be no Yahrzeit light burning for twenty-four hours.”
“Yom Kippur (581: 4, 605), when possible, and for a Yahrzeit.”
“There is no Jewish theology about an afterlife, only a yearly remembrance-what we call a Yahrzeit.”
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