Having a Yahrzeit For My Lutheran Dad

By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]

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Yahrzeit: An Expression of my Daughterhood

Last week was my mother’s yahrzeit, the observance of the anniversary of her death. For someone who wasn’t raised in a Jewish household, or in a Jewish-but-luckily-not-bereaved household, yahrzeit is one of those traditions that you don’t really know about until you have to. There are public parts of observing yahrzeit, but the most powerful […]

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Mourner’s Kaddish as a Source of Comfort

Each year on the anniversary of her father’s death, she feels the strength of the Jewish community supporting her through her grief

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From Joy to Grief

Personal narrative of a non-Jewish woman married to a Jewish man who lost her twin boys in the womb.

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Light

Personal narrative about a boy’s loss of his father, his attitude toward Yahrzeit candles and his non-Jewish wife’s attitudes, which have changed over time.

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The Problem with Yahrzeits

Her father, who had converted away from Judaism, mocked her for wanting to be a Jew. After her conversion, he died. How should she mourn?

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Till Death Do Us Part

Jewish mourning customs can help people weather grief, whether the person who died is Jewish or not.

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Yahrzeit and Yizkor

Do Jews light candles to commemorate the dead?

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