Recording : El Malei Rachamin אל מאלאי רחמים Score of El Malei Rachamin by Stephen DeCesare (b. 1969). Copyright StephenMore
The word ‘Yahrzeit’ (יאָרצײַט) is Yiddish word and translated as “time of year.” In Judaism, there is a focus on carrying on the memory of those before us from generation to generation.
Jewish law states that the Yahrzeit is the day one year following the death of a loved one, as calculated by the Hebrew calendar. This annual remembrance includes reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish and burning a Yahrzeit candle (נר נשמה) for 24 hours.