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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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7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Looking for an easy way to know when and how to commemorate the Yahrzeit of a family member or friend?
For example, Nathan Meyer, the beadle, had to be recompensed when he was stopped from making a schaenck, a "religious banquet" available for a fee to a man commemorating a Yahrzeit (the anniversary of a close relative's passing).
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CDATA[ Rabin's yahrzeit is the time for the truth about the vision of this pragmatic leader, rather than the leftist assertion that, had he lived, he would have continued the Oslo process and split Jerusalem.
To make their point the seniors have created an art installation: a vast Jewish Star made out of yahrzeit candles, a Jewish cross-burning on the lawn.
CDATA[ Friday is the yahrzeit of Israelas first chief rabbi, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook.
On the anniversary of the person's death is called Yahrzeit.
For example, when someone is dead, we remember them every year on their yahrzeit, the day they died.
Light yahrzeit candles for your mom at home - and maybe a memorial candle at church as well.
Over the stupendous clutter of the fire escape--seltzer-bottle valves, day-old rolls wetted down for the birds, a snip of Octagon Soap on an oyster shell, a beach-ball bladder, a yahrzeit glass, a curtain rod, a clothespin bag overflowing with pollyseed husks, a lima-bean plant dying in a Diamond Kosher Salt box--they took in the immense heavens over Brighton Beach.
Alex Poch-Goldin fully engages Jewish tradition and customs in Yahrzeit, setting them in multi-ethnic Toronto and testing their values through a series of confrontations among family members, a Serbian immigrant caregiver, and a young African-Canadian boy.