Feb 25, 2012

Israel FDC on "In Memory"

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In Memory

Date of Issue : 7 February 2012

This stamp is dedicated to the mourning and remembrance that are an inherent part of Israeli culture.

It is customary to light memorial candles in commemoration of the souls of the dead. In Judaism lighting a memorial candle is credited with the ability to further the ascension of the deceased’s soul from this world to the next. This ability is related to the belief that the living help the deceased find eternal peace in the next world and to ascend to heaven. The lighting of candles in memory of the deceased stems from the Book of Proverbs 20, 27: “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord”.

It is customary to light such candles during the first seven days of mourning, on the anniversary of the date of death and on Yom Kippur. Candles are lit both at home and at the gravesite.

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