Yizkor comes from the Hebrew word zachor, meaning “may G-d remember.”
The memorial service is recited on Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shavuot and Passover.
It is customary to give tzedakah to elevate the souls of those who have passed.
It also aides in our personal atonement, as an act of lovingkindness.
Yizkor dates back to the time of the Maccabees.
From generation to generation, l’dor vador, remembering loved ones, as it should be.
Precious loved ones, who are no longer in life’s picture,
Incredible memories, give solace and substance for anchor.
Life is hard and oh so cruel,
In our mind’s eye, they remain our own sparkling jewel.
As we reflect on our own mortality and hope to be written into the Book of Life this year,
We take a moment to remember our departed loved ones, we cherish so dear.