Yizkor

Yizkor

Saturday, April 27, 2019 — As the Passover Festival draws to a close on Shabbat, April 27 we have the opportunity at our Yizkor service to remember loved ones no longer on this planet with us. The Yizkor ritual offers us powerful moments for public memorial at those times through the year, like the Passover Seder, when our loved ones may be missed acutely. By invoking the names and memories of loved ones while introspecting on how we can live out their values through mitzvot and tzedakah and by praying for the safekeeping of their souls and memories, we connect with and support them.

The Torah instructs (Deuteronomy 16:20) that Israelites making pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem for one of the Festivals are not to arrive empty handed, that it is a time for righteous giving. Thus it has become a tradition at the holy days to give tzedakah in memory of loved ones. Another tradition is lighting a 24 hour yahrzeit candle known in Hebrew as a ner neshamah (soul candle) reflecting the teaching in the book of Proverbs 20:27 that the “soul of human is the candle or lamp of God”.

People often ask should they participate in Yizkor if their first year of mourning is not over. Although fading memory is not a paramount issue within the first year of mourning, Yizkor is a great opportunity to be held in the embrace of the community and publicly mourn. People also ask when the service will take place. Yizkor happens in the morning service after the Torah service.

I hope you are experiencing a liberating and joyous Passover. I look forward to seeing you at the end of the festival as together we remember people we love.

RABBI HARRY

Remembering Our Loved Ones

Yizkor

Saturday, April 7 11:30 am — On the last day of Passover, we observe Yizkor, a ritual that is a means for us to process the emotional impact of the empty chair we encountered at our Pesaḥ seder. Through the Yizkor ritual we affirm that memory is more powerful than death.

As we invoke the memories of our loved ones; we remember the love, the devotion and the deep and meaningful life lessons with which we were left. We remember because it brings us connection and healing. We remember and we embrace the ritual as a way of expressing our love and care for their souls. Our tradition urges us to offer tzdakah (righteous charity) in their memory after the festival ends as the most fitting mitzvah for Yizkor because we the living, the embodied can engage in mitzvot as a memorial to our loved ones.

Please join the congregation on the final day of Passover as we remember, connect and ask God to hold our loved ones’ souls in safe keeping in the bond of eternal life. Yizkor takes place right after the Torah service.

Yizkor – Remembering our loved ones

On Tuesday, April 18—the last day of Passover—we mark the ritual Yizkor.
This ritual is a means for us to process the emotional impact of the empty
chair we encountered at our Pesaḥ Seder. 

Through the Yizkor ritual we affirm that memory is
more powerful than death. As we invoke the memories of our loved ones; we
remember the love; the devotion and the deep and meaningful life lessons with
which we were left. We remember because it brings us connection and healing. We
remember and we embrace ritual as a way of expressing our love and care for
their souls. Our tradition urges us to offer tzdakah (righteous charity)
in their memory after the festival ends as the most fitting mitzvah for Yizkor
because we the living, the embodied can engage in mitzvot as a
memorial to our loved ones.  

Please join the congregation on the final day of
Passover as we remember, connect and ask God to hold our loved ones souls in
safe keeping in the Bond of Eternal Life. Yizkor takes place right after
the Torah service.

Yizkor – Remembering our Loved Ones

This Saturday (April 30), Yom Shabbat and the
last day of our Passover festival, we have Yizkor, a way for us to realize
the emotional impact of the empty chair we experienced at Pesaḥ.  

We have the opportunity to come together as a
community and remember as individuals our loved ones who are no longer on the
planet with us in body and flesh. We remember our relationships; we remember
the love; the devotion and the deep and meaningful life lessons with which we
were left. We remember because memory is more powerful than death. We remember
because it brings us connection and healing. We remember and we embrace ritual
as a way of expressing our love and care for their souls. Our tradition urges
us to offer tzdakah (righteous charity) in their memory after the festival
ends as the most fitting mitzvah for Yizkor because we the living, the embodied
can engage in mitzvot as a memorial to our loved ones.  

Please join the congregation this Shabbat
morning as we remember, connect and ask God to hold our loved ones souls in
safe keeping in the Bond of eternal life. Yizkor takes place right after the Torah
service.

Yizkor Second Day Festival

Yizkor is a time for us to invoke the memory of loved ones.  At Passover it is especially poignant after encountering the empty chair at seder.  

This Shabbat morning (April 11), light a ner neshama—ayahrzheit soul candle—and through prayer and self-reflection we recall the memories of those who gave us life, those who taught us core lessons, those who shared our most intimate moments and those who touched us in the deepest and most powerful ways who are no longer with us on this planet.