I've seen homes where Yahrzeit candles are actual candles (usually dedicated products for this purpose), but also where the candle is an electric light that plugs into an electrical outlet

Are there halachic issues with using an electric light vs a candle; i.e. is one preferable over the other? Are the halachot concerning the minhag of the yarhzeit candle similar to the halachot concerning channukiot?

I have to be honest: I do not know where the halachot for nerot neshama are discussed, so if I am asking a question that is answered just by understanding its basic halachot I'm open to an answer at that level.

  • You probably don't know where the halachot for nerot neshama are discussed because they don't exist. It's a custom. – Double AA Jul 18 at 12:39

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