Memorial Prayer -Yizkor יזכור


 Memorial Prayer יזכור Yizkor

Memorial Prayer יזכור

Yizkor literally means “will rememeber”. It is also a name of a prayer said  on behalf of  departed relatives.  The Yizkor prayer is recited during synagogue services on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Passover, and the second day of Shavuot.  One may say Yizkor privately at home. The evening before Yizkor it is customary to light a memorial candle – Ner Neshamah – נר נשמה

It has been  customary for all congregants other than those who would be saying Yizkor, to leave the synagogue while it is said. Lately though, there have  been calls to retract this custom so all congregants will stay during the Yizkor.

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