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Yahrzeit

A Jewish tradition and ceremony of lighting memorial lamps or candles while reciting the Kaddish to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a close relative.

YAHWEH

The holy name of the LORD God which is also rendered JEHOVAH. His name should be held in utmost reverence and not called upon in a casual way.

Yahwism

A specific religious system based on the worship of YAHWEH.

Yahwist

The writer of the earliest major source of the Hexateuch, in which the LORD God is characteristically referred to as YAHWEH rather than Elohim.

Yarmulke

A Jewish skullcap worn during prayer and religious study by conservative and orthodox males.

Year of Confusion

The year of 445 days in ancient Rome in 46 B.C. of the Julian calendar which was lengthened to compensate for cumulative errors of the Roman calendar.

Year's Mind

A Requiem Mass said one year after a person's death or burial.

Yeshiva

An orthodox Jewish school for the religious and secular education of elementary and higher instructions in learning.

Yiddish

A combined vocabulary of Hebrew and Slavic (German dialects), written in Hebrew letters and spoken mainly by Jews in countries E. of Germany and by Jewish emigrants from that region.

Yigdal

A liturgical prayer sung responsively by the Jewish cantor and congregation at the close of the evening service on the Sabbath.