Yahrzeit (Yiddish, from German, yahr, year, plus zeit, time) in Judaism is the yearly observancedef. 5 of the death of a close family member. There are a number of common customs for Jews observing a yahrzeit. These include remembering the relative, lighting memorial candles, saying special prayers, giving money to charity, and visiting the grave of the relative.
The date of the yahrzeit is fixed by the Hebrew calendar.
- Lamm, Rabbi Maurice. The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning. Reproduced with permission at chabad.org. Retrieved 9 May 2016. (may not be Simple English)