Friday, July 21, 2006

Mom's yahrzeit

Tomorrow is my mom's yahrzeit. This Wikipedia definition is pretty strict, it talks about fasting, and such; my interpretation of this Jewish custom is that we light a candle and remember our dead loved one, so that God will know that h/she is still a good person, even though they are not on Earth to do good works anymore, which is the Jewish way to get to heaven.

I think I will burn a yahrzeit candle and a Virgin of Guadalupe one, too - they are bigger and more colorful and more suited to my flamboyant mom. I never knew where to get Virgin of Guadalupe candles, but one of the grocery stores recently expanded and the ethnic food aisle now has both yahrzeit candles and Virgin of Guadalupe candles.

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