The Shiva Candle


 

 

 

              


    

    

 

 

 

    In Jewish tradition, a flame symbolized the soul of man reaching ever upward.  This is suggested by the verse in Proverbs 20:27, "The soul of man is the lamp of the Lord."  By lighting a candle and keeping it burning throughout the Shiva period, it is believed that the soul of the departed is aided in its journey heavenward.  

    Today, a memorial or Shiva candle is kept burning for the duration of Shiva.  There are some who will continue to keep one burning throughout the entire first year of mourning.  

 

   

 


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