The meaning of mourning in Judaism
In Judaism, life is valued above almost everything else. The Talmud notes that since all humanity is descended from one person, taking a life is like destroying an entire world and saving a life is like saving an entire world.
However, death in Jewish custom is not considered a tragedy either, even when it occurs early in life or under unfortunate circumstances. Death is seen as a natural process. Like life, it has meaning and is part of a divine plan.
Jewish mourning has many traditions and customs. One of these is the lighting of a memorial candle each year on the occasion of the askara of a loved one. Candles made in Israel for 24, 48 and 72 hours can be found on the LevJudaïca website. You can also choose an electric ner tamid to place in the synagogue in memory of a loved one. Discover our range of Judaism mourning candles.