Meaning of yahrzeit candle in English:

yahrzeit candle


  • A twenty-four-hour candle burned to commemorate the death of a close relative, traditionally kindled on the eve of the anniversary, and on the four occasions on which Yizkor is observed annually; (later also) an electric lamp resembling such a candle, and used for the same purpose.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Jewish Encyclopedia.