There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, arranging a minyan at the cemetery, etc. What is the earliest or most authoritative source for any of these customs/halachot?

  • This seems like two distinct questions
    – Double AA
    Oct 14, 2020 at 17:40

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Nitei Gavriel Aveilus2 75:1:1 brings the following sources for Yarzheit candles.

Minhagei Vermaisha Volume 2, Page 112

Maharshal Chapter 46

Magen Avraham 261:6

Nachalas Shiva Chapter 73

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 221:1

Mishmeres Shalom Note 10:10

Gesher HaChaim 32:4

Will try to add more customs and sources later.

  • If you added the dates of these sources, it would be easier to judge which is the "original source". Oct 15, 2020 at 7:32
  • @AvrohomYitzchok - You can edit and add dates if you want. Oct 15, 2020 at 13:50

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