Meaning of yahrzeit in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjɑːtsʌɪt/


  • (among Jewish people) the anniversary of the death of a parent or other close relative, marked by the burning of a memorial candle.

    ‘It even lets you add birthdays and yahrzeits of loved ones, with a reminder for every year.’
    • ‘Written for the aliyat neshama of my father, Yisrael ben Yosef Yehuda, on the occasion of his 11th yahrzeit.’
    • ‘And this, the first yahrzeit of that tragedy and the season of the High Holy Days, is an appropriate time to rebuild our selves.’
    • ‘An anxious one, to be sure: each January brought not only Hesse's own birthday but the anniversary, or yahrzeit, of her mother's death.’
    • ‘At the close of this last stage, the bereaved is not expected to continue his mourning, except for brief moments when yizkor or yahrzeit is observed.’
    • ‘In these preparatory drawings, Hesse envisions a kind of canister with a false bottom that emits a rubber hose - like an oil lamp with a long wick or, more significantly, a yahrzeit candle.’
    • ‘The yahrzeit fell on Monday night-Tuesday, October 21-22.’
    • ‘This week's Kol Torah has been sponsored by the Brodsky Family to commemorate the yahrzeit of beloved mother and grandmother, scholar and teacher, Bernice Sherman Kramer.’
    • ‘On TV tonight you saw dazed kids sitting on the ground, building memorials, lighting yahrzeit memorial candles and talking about how they just saw so and so a few minutes before they got on the fateful bus.’
    • ‘But it's a thought provoking, perfectly-timed September 11th yahrzeit piece, that had me rethinking its arguments this morning.’
    • ‘Professor Judea Pearl of UCLA marked the yahrzeit of his son by writing an article published in the Wall Street Journal.’
    • ‘The 11th of Cheshvan marks the yahrzeit (day commemorating the death) of our matriarch, Rachel.’


Late 18th century (in the form yorsite): from Yiddish yortsayt from German Jahrzeit ‘anniversary, specifically of a person's death’.