Yahrtzeit

February 12, 2014

(Yiddish) – the date on which the death of a loved one is commemorated. Generally it is the Hebrew date of the death; on the first “Yahrtzeit,” it is the date of the burial. Perhaps the thought is that the first time around, the burial is the deepest wound because it is the freshest and the most graphic, but afterwards, the psychological and spiritual focus centers upon the basic date, that of the departure of the soul.

The Seventh of Adar is the “Yahrtzeit” of both Moshe “Rabbeinu,” Moses our Teacher, and David “HaMelech,” King David.