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f u n e r a l s ec t i o n
Yizkor, which in Hebrew means “may [G-d] remember,” from the Hebrew root
word zachor, is the memorial prayer services that is held four times a year at
Synagogues in Jewish communities:
1–Yom Kippur, 2–The last day of Sukkot, 3–The last day of Passover and 4–The
last day of Shavuot.
In many communities it is not uncommon for people who are not regular synagogue attendees to appear on days when Yizkor is recited. This stands as a testament
to the importance we hold in remembering our departed love ones.
Rabbi Leibel Miller
The principal purpose of Yizkor is to honor the deceased by committing to giving
tzedakah [charity] in their memory, and by our commitment of doing a Mitzvah [good deed], in this physical
world we help to elevate the souls of the those who can no longer perform bodily acts in this earthly realm.
We are also inspired to commit to work to improve ourselves by increasing in our personal service to
our father in Heaven, and thus show the continuation of our Jewish Faith handed down to us by the previous
beloved generations.
Some have the practice not to recite Yizkor during the first year following a death while the emotional
wounds are still quite fresh. Others maintain that Yizkor should be recited during the first year the same as in
all subsequent years.
The common custom is for those not reciting Yizkor is to leave the room while the mourners are saying
it. This it is a sign of respect for one’s living parents not to remain inside while Yizkor is being recited for the
Nowadays, in most synagogues published lists of those who are to be remembered by congregants
are distributed at the Yizkor services. Customarily, the lights on all the memorial tablets in the synagogue are
traditionally turned on for the anniversary of passing and [Yahrzeit] are also lit.
A 24-hour memorial candle should also be lit in your home before the fast begins on Yom Kippur. On the
other festivals, to light a yahrzeit candle, one must use a flame from a pre-existing candle or other source to
light the candle.
These memorial candles are widely available at Jewish Funeral Homes, kosher stores, and often in
supermarkets. There is no blessing recited when you light the memorial candle, although it is certainly appropriate to reflect upon the memory of loved ones. The candle should be placed at any safe place in the home,
and left to burn.
At the Synagogue, Yizkor service prayers are recited, and then inspirational words are typically spoken
by the Rabbi to set the mood for the solemn service.
Yizkor prayers are then read recalling the deceased silently. There are paragraphs for a father, mother,
husband, wife, son, daughter, other relatives and friends, fallen soldiers, and Jewish martyrs. During the
service, each person reads the appropriate prayers.
The memorial prayer for the deceased, the El Male Rahamim [God full of compassion] is chanted, essentially, the same prayer said at Jewish funerals.
At Yizkor we thus ask G-d to remember our relatives and to include them in the “bond of life” in paradise
alongside the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and other departed righteous, and continue our eternal bond with
them, and our Father in Heaven.
Chevra Kadisha of Chabad Lubavitch
Sacred Jewish Burial Society
For more information or to help in this
“True Act Of Kindness”
Rabbi Leibel Miller - Director
24hr Hotline: (954) 456-4696 E-mail: chevrakadisha@Yahoo.com
The Real Florida Jewish Directory 2020
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