Questions tagged [yahrtzeit]

The yahrzeit is a time of remembering the dead by reciting the Kaddish, lighting a 24-hour candle, and remembering the person who has died. (source: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/life/Life_Events/Death_and_Mourning/Burial_and_Mourning/Yahrzeit.shtml)

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Can a public fast day be used for a Yahrtzeit fast?

Some people have a minhag to fast on a yahrtzeit (see Shulchan Aruch OC 567,7-9). If the day of the yahrtzeit occurs on a public fast day such as 17 Tamuz, can the fasting done then count for the ...
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Ner Neshama (Yahrzeit candle): electric or not [duplicate]

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 ...
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Poskining like someone on their Yahrtzeit

I have heard in the name of Rav Yisroel Salanter that there is an inyan to poskin like a given posek on their Yahrtzeit, even if we would not poskin like them the rest of the year. Two questions: 1) ...
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Yahrzeit in different time zone

If a person passes away in one place but [some] relatives live in another place in which, due to time zone differences, it is already the next day (or still the previous), do those relatives establish ...
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7 Adar, Tachanun and Leap Years

A followup to this question. For those who do not say tachanun on the birth/death anniversary of Moshe Rabbeinu, how do they handle leap years? Do they not say tachanun on the seventh of both months ...
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What should be done with yahrzeit candle jars?

I have seen people save them. I, too, am reluctant to throw them away. Are there laws or standard custom(s) for what is or should be done with the empty jars from yahrzeit candles? We shouldn't need ...
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Seeking tips for removing wax from candle sticks, yahrzeit glasses

Removing wax from candlesticks and yahrzeit glasses is difficult for me. For example, if I put a yahrzeit glass into hot water, the wax floats to the top and then I have to try to separate the wax ...
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Custom to daven Maariv motsei Shabbos for the omud prior to yahrzeit

What is the source of the Minhag to daven Ma'ariv Motsei Shabbos for the Omud prior to one's Yahrzeit the coming week ?
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Why is fasting not permitted in the first 12 day of Sivan?

The Yahrzeit for my father falls on 7 Sivan. In the past it was always my custom to fast on 8 Sivan unless it was a Shabbat. Then I would fast on 9 Sivan. This came up in discussion with my (Chabad) ...
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Perpetual Yahrtzeit [duplicate]

For how many years after someone has passed do you say kaddish on their Yahrtzeit. My father and mother have both passed away, as have all their siblings. Should/can a grandchild say kaddish on the ...
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What is typically done regarding mourning practices for those who have no relatives?

Simple question - who mourns or says Kaddish for those that die leaving no relatives to sit shiva or say Kaddish for them? I've seen a number of people in various shuls who say Kaddish for non-...
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Chazan waiting for individual with yahrtzeit

If there are 10 individuals finished maariv shmone esrei, should/must the chazan wait for the mourner with a yahrtzeit to finish davening? (Assuming there is no particular rule for the shul) Is there ...
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Excluding others from Kaddish on Yahrtzeit

There seems to be a minhag in some of the shuls in the large Jewish community I live in which features the gabbai yelling "Yahrtzeit" near the end of davening. At that point, only the individual with ...
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When should one say “El Maleh” if the yahrtzeit falls on a non-Torah-reading day? [duplicate]

As far as I have seen, "El Maleh" for the departed is said only a day when the Torah is read, assuming that Tachanun is said that day (I'm not referring to its recital during Yizkor or Shabbat mincha.)...
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Lighting yizkor and yahrzeit candles for rebbeim

I have heard of a custom in Chabad to light yahrzeit and yizkor candles for the rebbeim. But I literally don't know anything about it except that some in Chabad do it. Can anyone tell me: How common ...
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Yahrtzeit Bein HaShemashos

There are several customs that relate to Yahrtzeit, such as lighting a candle, saying Keil Malei Rachamim, etc. These typically are done on the Yahrtzeit, though some do it on the preceding Shabbos. ...
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Custom to light yahrzeit candle on Erev Shabbos before the yahrzeit

Has anyone heard of a custom to light a yahrzeit candle not on the eve of the actual yahrzeit, but on the eve of the preceding Shabbos? I know that there are other customs for the preceding Shabbos, ...
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Missing minyan on yahrtzeit l'chatchila

Is it mutar (l'chatchila, not shaas hadechak) to not go to minyan on yahrtzeit, and have someone say kaddish on your behalf? (Not to be lazy, but a valuable opportunity presents itself that would not ...
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Whats the importance of yartzeit?

What is the significance of the date of a yartzeit (anniversary of a death)? Is there anything really special about the anniversary of someone's death or is it just an emotional event - a chance to ...
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What to say to someone on a yahrzeit

Is there a standard expression used to greet or comfort those who are celebrating an anniversary of mourning? (...and why is it said?) Even if not, what should one say? (...and why?) We should merit ...
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What does it mean for a mourner to “have a chiuv”?

I have noticed that in many synagogues, before davening, the gabbai customarily asks if anybody "has a chiuv". If there is anybody with a chiuv, he is asked to daven from the amud. The people who ...
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What is the halacha regarding Adar yahrtzeits?

IIRC, During a Judaic leap year, my father, a"h observed 2 Yahrtzeits for his father who died during Adar of a non-leap year. He lit the yahrtzeit candle and said Kaddish twice - once for the date in ...
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Source for Memorial Lights in Synagogue [duplicate]

What is the source for having memorial electric lights usually affixed to plaques that are found in many shuls to remember the yahrtzeit of relatives? Is this an old minhag or of relatively recent ...
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Custom of standing when a tzaddik passes by

I am asking this question in light of a situation I witnessed recently: When the senior rabbi of our shul--a very righteous man who was keeping his wife's yahrzeit that night--walked past the ...
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When to do “missing” Nissan “Kel Maleh”?

During the month of Nissan, "Kel Maleh" - the prayer for the dead - is not recited. When is it more appropriate for the gabbai to recite it for people who have yahrtzeits during Nissan? Should he ...
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Looking for a computer program or method to list all weekday / Shabbat no-El_Maleh days

My shul has asked me to compile an annual list of all days when "El Maleh" (prayer said for yahrtzeit) is omitted. People in my shul know that it is said any day the Torah is read, meaning Mon., ...
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Why is Aharon the only person in Tanac"h who's death date is specifically mentioned? [duplicate]

AFAIK, Aharon is the only person in Tana"ch whose death date I specifically mentioned. See Bamidbar 33:38, I know that Aharon was a Chashuver Yid, but was makes him so special that only he of all ...
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How do we know that Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrtzeit was 7 Adar? [duplicate]

AFIK, Tana"ch rarely mentions the date of someone's death. Moshe death date is not mentioned in Tana"ch. I gather that we infer this from the fact that he died exactly 120 years after he was born. ...
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Kaddish D'Rabbanan on Yartzeit

On a yartzeit, close family members recite kaddish. Some minyanim have an opportunity to say kaddish d'rabbanan after (sometimes short) Torah study between mincha and maariv. Should the mourner join ...
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Yartzeit candle - light before mincha or after maariv?

On a yartzeit (anniversary of death on Hebrew calendar) for a deceased family member, if one plans to both light a yartzeit candle in one's home and attend shul to say kaddish, is there a preference ...
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source of the chasidic custom not to say tachnun on yahrzeit

I attended today a chasidic minyan and they did not say tachnun because it was the yahrzeit of a certain rebbe. What is the source of this? Shouldn't this be a sad day?
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When is a Yartziet Observed?

When is a Yartzeit observed, the day of death or the day of burial? I ask this question in response to the news of the terrible death of the three boys in Eretz Yisrael who died weeks before their ...
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Nissan-appropriate jahrzeit observances

The jahrzeits of both of my grandfathers zq"l fall during Nissan and I am always unsure of how to commemorate them, as I lack an halachic obligation to do so. (Furthermore, my paternal grandfather was ...
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Would a widower observe Yahrzeit after remarriage?

If a Jewish man's wife died, he would naturally observe the Yahrzeit on the anniversary of her death. Would he continue to do so if he remarried? My question comes from reading about the Yahrezeit ...
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Can one say kaddish for a gentile?

We are inclined to say kaddish on the yahrzeit of a very dear friend who was not Jewish, just as we would for a relative. Is there a reason not to? I am also interested to hear reasons why this is a ...
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Fasting on yarhzeit of parent — must be “m'kabel” the fast from the day before?

When someone is fasting a "taanis yachid" (individual fast) he must be "m'kabel" (accept upon himself) the fast from the day before in the Tefillah of Mincha. Is the same true for the fast that one ...
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Why is the Or Hachayim's yahrzeit in Luach Colel Chabad?

The Luach Colel Chabad is a calendar published annually by Colel Chabad. It includes instructions for special prayers and Torah readings according to the Chabad custom. It also mentions red-letter ...
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What is the source of Yartzeit tablet?

Who invented the Yahrtzeit tablet (panel)? At first glance, this could not have been common before 150 years ago, as there is no room to place candles where the electric lights go. Who invented it, ...
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Why do we wish someone “long life” on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of relative?

Why do english-speaking Orthodox Jews in the UK wish someone “long life” on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of relative? I can understand this wish directly after the death when I have ...
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When is Avraham Avinu's Yahrzeit?

I have no sources to provide to this question. Rather I am asking simply. On what day was Avraham Avinu nifter? (pass away.) Do we know at all?
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Aharon's and Miriam's Yahrtzeit

The Book of Numbers spans almost the entire 40 year period in the desert, documenting numerous events that occurred to the Jews as they wandered. I count only 5 dates mentioned in the text (listed in ...
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Does attending a regular shiur take precedence over leading the prayers on a Yahrzeit?

It is a widespread custom to lead the prayers (daven from the amud) on the anniversary of a parent’s death (yahrzeit). Suppose that if I do this for a service on the yahrzeit of a parent it will ...
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Is there a hebrew term for Jahrzeit?

The term "Yahrtzeit" presumably comes from the German word Jahrzeit. ("Jahr" meaning "year" and "zeit" meaning "time".) Is there a hebrew word or phrase (or spelling) for the concept of a yahrtzeit? (...
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When & whether to say El Maleh or Kaddish

I wish to honor the memory of family members (names & relationships unknown) who died when all the Jews were killed in the town from which my parents came. The date this year comes out on 8/26. ...
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Group coordination for a siyum

My understanding is that a siyum should be made on the last bit of the text being studied. Thus, if the entire Mishna (all six "orders") is studied for someone's yahrzeit, the last mishna (individual ...
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Two Yahrtzeits One for Mother one for Father who comes First

All other things being equal Halachically, if you have two people with Yahrtzeits one for a mother and one for a father, who has priority with regards to getting an Aliyah (and/or davening for the ...
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Moshe Rabeinu's Yarzheit

It is common knowledge that Moshe Rabeinu was Niftar on 7 Adar. Was it a plain year with 1 Adar or a leap year with 2 Adars? If it was a leap year on what Adar was he Niftar?
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Haftarah for yahrtzeit

If one's yahrtzeit falls on a day when there is a haftarah, there is a discussion about whether it's a bigger merit for the deceased to recite the haftarah on that day or before the day of the ...
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Tachanun on Yahrtzeit

Where does the custom not to say Tachanun on a Yahrtzeit come from?
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Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?

Lag Baomer celebrates the yohrtzeit of a tzadik. Why is that cause for celebration?