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On What Dates Do We Recite Yizkor in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?

On What Dates Do We Recite Yizkor in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?

What is Yizkor?

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Yizkor, the memorial prayer for departed loved ones, is said four times a year: The eighth day of Passover, the second day of Shavuot, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret.

In Israel, where the holiday calendar is somewhat different, we say Yizkor on: The 7th day of Passover, Shavuot (there is only one day), Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah (which is combined with Shemini Atzeret).

The text of the prayer asks G‑d that the souls of our loved be “bound up in the bond of life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and with the other righteous men and women who are in Gan Eden” in merit of the charity that we give in their honor.

Yizkor is recited at synagogue during the morning services after Torah reading. In many communities, those whose parents are still alive leave the sanctuary for the duration of this short service.

Here is a list of days when Yizkor is to be recited for the following years:

2013

Yom Kippur: September 14

Shemini Atzeret: September 26

2014

Passover: April 22 (in Israel, April 21)

Shavuot: June 5 (In Israel, June 4)

Yom Kippur: October 4

Shemini Atzeret: October 16

2015

Passover: April 11 (In Israel, April 10).

Shavuot: May 25 (In Israel, May 24)

Yom Kippur: September 23

Shemini Atzeret: October 5

2016

Passover: May 1 (In Israel, April 30)

Shavuot: June 13 (In Israel, June 12)

Yom Kippur: October 12

Shemini Atzeret: October 24

2017

Passover: April 18 (In Israel, April 17)

Shavuot: June 1 (In Israel, May 31)

Yom Kippur: September 30

Shemini Atzeret: October 12

2018

Passover: April 7 (In Israel, April 6)

Shavuot: May 21 (In Israel, May 20)

Yom Kippur: September 19

Shemini Atzeret: October 1

2019

Passover: April 27 (In Israel, April 26)

Shavuot: June 10 (In Israel, June 9)

Yom Kippur: October 9

Shemini Atzeret: October 21

2020

Passover: April 16 (In Israel, April 15)

Shavuot: May 30 (In Israel, May 29)

Yom Kippur: September 28

Shemini Atzeret: October 10

Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for Chabad.org.
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