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.

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  • Memorial candle: Ner Tamid
    15.90

    Honor the memory of your loved ones with this perpetual candle. A model that will serve you on azkara days (day of remembrance) to remember and raise the nechama of a deceased. According to the halakha (Jewish law) a candle must be lit for 26 hours: an easy mitzvah to achieve with this electric accessory. This ner tamid which represents the flame of remembrance, completed with the Hebrew inscription: נר נשמה (candle of the soul).

    • Plug that connects to the mains
    • Dimensions: 7x5cm
    • Made in Israel

    This item may take 3-4 weeks to deliver

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    Ner nechama- bougie Yahrzeit
    Yahrzeit Candle
    46.93

    A candle to remember the anniversary of a death. Jewish tradition calls for lighting candles and saying Kaddish every year in memory of a departed loved one. This neshama is lit on behalf of loved ones on the four major Jewish holidays (Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Passover and Shavuot) which include a prayer in honor of the departed.

    • Candle in glass candle holder
    • Duration of the candle: 24 hours
    • Made in Israel

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