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Yizkor: prayer for the souls of departed parents recited on certain festival days
What is Yizkor... When is Yizkor Said... Laws and Costums... The Text of the Yizkor Prayer...
The Origins and Significance of the Yizkor Memorial Prayer... The Rubric of the Memorial Service... Text of the Yizkor... For Whom Yizkor Is Recited... When Is Yizkor Recited? ... Candle Lighting for Yizkor...
Yizkor in Hebrew means “to remember.”
How We View Our Collective Past as Jews
A compelling argument for the case that Jewish education must portray our ancestors not as individuals who once lived, but as people who are alive today.
The value of community in times of grief as well as joy.
Memorial Prayer
Yizkor, the memorial prayer for the departed, is observed on specific holidays for the souls of those who passed on.
For the first 33 years of my life, I never probed the reason why non-mourners leave the room. I was happy to be legally expelled from the synagogue and catch a schmooze with a fellow yizkor-evacuee...
The unity of all Jews derives from the fact that every Jewish soul is “an actual part of G-d Above.” Therefore, “Jewish unity” is not limited to Jews who are alive, but includes those who have passed on, as well.
Customarily, those whose parents are still living leave the sanctuary for the duration of this short prayer. Why?
How to Honor the Departed
One of the most frequently asked questions after someone loses a loved one is for insight as to what they can do to honor and uplift the soul of the departed. Jewish tradition offers guidance for the most significant actions that preserve our connection t...
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