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The Yahrzeit / Yizkor Candle

There are 4 times a year when Jews light a special candle, called a Yahrzeit Candle, in memory of loved ones who have died.

Yizkor is a memorial service which is recited on Yom Kippur as well as the last days of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Yizkor, which is the Hebrew word for "remember", asks G-d to remember those we mourn and to grant them proper rest.

A Yahrzeit Candle is lit at sundown on...

  1. The first night of Yom Kippur
  2. The night of Shemini Atzeret (the 8th night of Sukkot)
  3. The second night of Shavuot
  4. The last night of Passover

The Yizkor service takes place the following day.



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olga greider salazar from Texas, US
02:53 04/19/2010
 
i am drawn to learn more about jewish customs and traditions i belive perhaps i have jewish blood line in me and for what ever reason i was not brought up in that culture .i have this hunger to know more and more i read as much as possible and the more i learn it is very intersting to me . i will continue . i also light candles to my loved one that have departed before me. my grand father was from Ohio or Mich, area , i did not get to meet him , he was in the usa Army and died when i was very young .at this time i am trying to find more family (s) that carry that same name. of course the last names may not be a true name , the blood line could be have changed the name for protecion. i was born in San Antonio, Tx in aug. 10, 1941. my family has always treated me different , i am not like them. my family thinks only of today and i thank of today but also of tomorrow and future. i just do not know , there are somany questions in my mind. i will continue study as often as i can.
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steve nagel
12:05 05/26/2009
 
We light a candle.




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