- n. Judaism The anniversary of a person's death, often of a parent's.
- From Yiddish יאָרצײַט (yortsayt). Cognate to German Jahreszeit ("anniversary"), which heavily influenced the spelling and pronunciation once the word was borrowed into English. (Wiktionary)
“While the body of her work reflects an unending quest for absolute perfection of form, she also produced functional pieces, such as yahrzeit (memorial) lamps.”
“The yahrzeit candle symbolized as much the loss of life as the loss of our innocence.”
“In a subsection titled "Life Cycle Rituals," Prothero announces that Jewish mourning rituals include "a seven-day period of sitting shiva in the home followed by burial, Kaddish prayers for the dead, and a one-year-anniversary remembrance called the yahrzeit.”
“Further, the remembrance yahrzeit comes not only on the one-year-anniversary but annually.”
“So we set up yahrzeit candles in our bedroom and the bathroom as night lights, had 3-4 Sabbath candles at the table for dinner/evening illumination, one or two of the 7-day candles for night-light level illumination in a couple of other places.”
“In many families of Holocaust survivors, a particular child is chosen to serve as a type of “yahrzeit (memorial) candle” for those family members who perished.”
“In honor of my mom's yahrzeit, Nomi and I are sponsoring kiddush at our shul, Kadimah-Toras Moshe, on shabbas morning.”
“Since shabbat was Mom's yahrzeit, I made a point of getting to the shul on Friday evening as well as Saturday morning so I could recite Mourner's Kaddish.”
“I'll be observing Dad's yahrzeit starting tonight.”
“I've talked about my father and his life before, usually in posts around the time of his yahrzeit.”
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