[ yahr-tsahyt, yawr- ]
/ ˈyɑr tsaɪt, ˈyɔr- /
the anniversary of the death of a parent, sibling, child, or spouse, observed by lighting a memorial lamp or candle the night before and reciting the Kaddish at the evening service of the day before and at the morning and afternoon services of the day itself.
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/ (ˈjɔːtsaɪt) /
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
Word Origin for Yahrzeit
Yiddish, from Middle High German jārzīt anniversary; see year, tide 1
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