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The morning service ("Shacharit") consists of the following: the morning prayers, the Shema, the Amidah, the reading of the Torah, the Yizkor service, the Musaf service, the priestly blessing.

Torah Reading
The reading of the Torah is about the solemn service in the Holy Temple on the Day of Atonement, conducted by the High Priest himself. This was the only day of the year on which the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies to offer incense and pray on behalf of the Jewish people.

Yizkor Service
The Yizkor service is recited by those who have lost either one or both of their parents. Others leave the synagogue until the completion of the Yizkor service; the reason for this is to advocate long life for the living parents.

The Yizkor is more than a service of remembrance, but rather it is a time for the relatives of the departed to connect with the souls of their loved ones on a deeper level; tradition has it that during the Yizkor service, the souls of the departed descend from heaven and are joined with those who are close to them.

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Anonymous Bellevue, WA via October 7, 2011

Morning Service Thank you for such an informative breakdown of moring service. Yiskor will be especially meaningful because of your thoughtfulness. Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman September 30, 2009

Re: same same Ask your parents to say yizkor for him, and to include in their words that you will also be giving charity in his name. That is the main thing--the charity given for the sake of his soul. Reply

Dean Shapiro September 29, 2009

same same Thank your for answering. I still have both parents but recently lost my brother. Can one say yiskor for him still? Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman September 29, 2009

Yizkor for a brother If you are already saying yizkor for a parent, you can also say for anyone else. Just don't forget to make a contribution on their behalf after the holiday. Reply

Anonymous Cape ~Town, South Africa September 27, 2009

Yiskor Can one say Yiskor for a deceased brother? Reply

joan savitt irvine, ca via October 1, 2006

good service Reply

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