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Why do Chassidim celebrate their Rebbes' Yahrtzeits?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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When a righteous person passes away, it certainly is a tremendous loss for his/her followers and disciples. But the soul of the Tzaddik (righteous person) is actualizing its life-long dream -- reuniting with G-d. For this reason, the yahrtzeit of a tzaddik is called a "hilulah," which literally means a wedding!

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Tzaddik
(fem. Tzidkanit; pl. Tzaddikim). A saint, or righteous person.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.
yahrtzeit
The (Jewish calendar) anniversary of a person's death.