Concept

Yahrzeit candle

Summary
A yahrzeit candle, also spelled yahrtzeit candle or called a memorial candle, (נר נשמה, ner neshama, meaning "soul candle"; יאָרצײַט ליכט , meaning "anniversary candle") is a type of candle that is lit in memory of the dead in Judaism. Name The word "yahrzeit" (יאָרצײַט yortsayt ) itself means "anniversary" (or more specifically "anniversary [of a person's death]") in Yiddish, originating from German Jahr, year, and Zeit, time. In Hebrew, the candles are also called Ner Neshama – a candle for the soul. Remembrance The use of a yahrzeit candle is a widely practiced custom, where mourners light a yahrzeit candle that burns for 24 hours, on the anniversary of the death on the Hebrew calendar. Many Jews who are otherwise unobservant follow this custom. It is customary to light the candle inside one's home, or near the grave of the deceased. The candle is also lit before Yom Kippur and there are also customs to light a yahrzeit can
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