Feldmestn and Kneytlekh-leygn source sheet and ritual guide
Updated: Dec 2, 2021
Feldmestn and kneytlekh-leygn were most commonly practised in the month of Elul to make Yom Kippur, particularly during the days of reciting selichot, which started yesterday evening. For those who might want to try out the practice, or include it in High Holidays study sessions, I've created a source sheet and ritual guide which you can download here:
Note: updating this guide with details on how to make the candles has been on my to-do list for a while, but I still haven't gotten round to it. I will one of these days! In the meantime you can read the most comprehensive description of the process of making Yom Kippur candles in this post https://www.pullingatthreads.com/post/das-feld-un-das-keywermessen-cemetery-and-grave-measuring-s-weissenberg As far as I know, if you are measuring the grave at a time other than Yom Kippur, you can cut the thread to make individual candles which are either donated to a house of prayer and learning, or used for Hanukah.
A shorter and simpler version of this guide can be found here https://highholidaysathome.com/clip/feldmestn
This gorgeous photo, shared with permission, is of a candle made by a dear friend of mine using this guide, which she lit for her first day in Rabbinical school. In her words "honouring all the women who lit up the beis midrash (House of Study) with their lights, but were never able to study there themselves. I say to them: today I am doing what you could not, and I am bringing you with me."