When the year of mourning is over, mourners are expected to return to a fully normal life. “One should not grieve too much for the dead,” the Shulhan Arukh, the 16th-century code of Jewish law, notes, “and whoever grieves excessively is really grieving for someone else.”

But there are several occasions each year when the dead are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death, which is observed according to the Hebrew calendar. Most synagogues keep registries of the Hebrew dates of members’ deaths and send out notices reminding family members of the yahrzeit date.

If you have any questions regarding a yahrzeit date or its observance, or if you are interested in purchasing a yahrzeit memorial plaque, call the synagogue office, 619 697-6001 or email Linda Marus, our Office Manager.

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