In Jewish tradition, when the year of mourning is over, mourners are expected to return to a fully normal life. There are several occasions each year when our loved ones who have passed on are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death, which is observed according to the Hebrew calendar. As is the case in all Jewish holy days, yahrzeit observance begins at night. A 24-hour candle is lit and one may attend synagogue to recite the Kaddish [the memorial prayer]. It is traditional to avoid attending any celebrations or parties on the day of yahrzeit, and some people fast on that day.
The ancient words of the Mourner's Kaddish, while reminding us of our loved ones, offers the hope of a world where the Divine Presence is made known and peace fills our land and our lives.
|Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.|
|B'alma di v'ra chirutei,|
|uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael,|
|baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.|
|Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varach|
l'alam ul'almei almaya.
|Yitbarach v'yishtabach v'yitpaar|
|v'yit'hadar v'yitaleh v'yit'halal|
|sh'mei d'Kud'sha B'rich Hu,|
|l'eila min kol birchata v'shirata,|
|daamiran b'alma. V'imru: Amen.|
|Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya,|
|v'chayim aleinu v'al kol Yisrael.|
|Oseh shalom bimromav,|
|Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,|
v'al kol Yisrael. V'imru: Amen.
Exalted and hallowed be God's great name in the world which God created, according to plan. May God's majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of all Israel — speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen. Blessed be God's great name to all eternity. Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel. to which we say Amen. May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace us and to all Israel. To which we say Amen.
We think of our loved ones whom death has recently taken from us, those who died at this season in years past, and those whom we have drawn into our hearts with our own...