Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Yahrzeit Candle Of Remembrance

On Memory

Yahrzeit Candle: Today, the 28th of Cheshvan in the Jewish calendar, marks the anniversary of my father’s death, his Yahrzeit (Yiddish, ליכט‎ יאָרצײַט, yortsayt likht), which is a personal and family matter. Each year, on this date, we light a candle (it has to burn for at least 24 hours) in remembrance of his life. In Judaism, this is also referred to as a soul candle (Hebrew, נר נשמה‎, ner neshama). That is, there is a relationship between candle flames and souls that find its meaning in the Book of Proverbs (20:27): “The soul of man is the candle of G-d.” My father, Ephraim ben Yaacov, Z"L, died 35 years ago, aged 69. May peace be upon him. עליו השלום. (alav ha-shalom).
Photo Credit: ©Perry J. Greenbaum