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 (yär′tsīt′, -zīt′)
n. Judaism
The anniversary of the death of a relative, observed with mourning and the recitation of religious texts.

[Yiddish, anniversary, from Middle High German jārzīt : jār, year (from Old High German; see yēr- in Indo-European roots) + zīt, time (from Old High German; see dā- in Indo-European roots).]


(Judaism) Judaism the anniversary of the death of a close relative, on which it is customary to kindle a light and recite the Kaddish and also, in some communities, to observe a fast
[Yiddish, from Middle High German jārzīt anniversary; see year, tide1]


(ˈyɑr tsaɪt, ˈyɔr-)

Judaism. the anniversary of the death of a parent or other close relative, observed by lighting a candle and reciting the Kaddish.
[1850–55; < Yiddish yortsayt]
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Returning to old neighborhoods for pastrami and marble rye served some secular Jews as the counterpart of Jahrzeit cemetery visits (and of course, many families did both).
The mural was unveiled as part of a May 19, 1935, memorial service commemorating the first jahrzeit of Israel Unterberg.
T]he Jewish Yiskor and Jahrzeit services for the dead are similar to Chinese ancestor worship, even though the Jewish theologians insist that it is only God who is prayed to.