While many people find meaning in marking the anniversary of someone’s death, Judaism is unique in having rituals for this commemoration, from lighting a candle to reciting Mourner’s Kaddish. But are those the only ways to observe a yahrzeit? Where did these rituals begin, and why? Check out the resources and writings we found:
- This website provides some basics about what a yahrzeit is, what some Jewish traditions are, and how to find out when to mark a yahrzeit.
- This article provides a more detailed overview of the origins of yahrzeit observance and more formal ritual observance.
- For those who are looking for a less traditional approach, there is an interesting essay on Ritualwell by a man who created his own ritual for observing a yahrzeit.
- If you need to find out a loved one’s yahrzeit date, or you have the Hebrew date and need to know how it corresponds to the English date, our website offers a yahrzeit date tool and you can print out a calendar at home or save a copy.
Whatever type of observance you choose, we hope you will find a ritual which is meaningful to you and serves to make your loved ones’ memories be a blessing.