*How do you end your Passover week?*
Jews around the world usually have two overriding thoughts at the end of Pesach. First, we honor the memories of our departed loved ones with the Kaddish prayer during a short Yizkor service. Second, we look forward to eating bread again after 8 days of matzah.
If you have lost a parent or any other loved one, or just want to be with friends from the community as you break the “chametz fast”, we invite you to join us for this special evening.
Linda Needel & Mark Wolkow
Religious Practices Committee
A memorial service, called Yizkor (meaning “remember”), is recited as part of the prayer service four times during the year. This is based on the Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. Although a soul can no longer do good deeds after death, it can gain merit through the charity and good deeds of the living.
Yizkor is said following the Torah and Haftarah readings on Yom Kippur, on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavout, and on the eighth day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret). It is said on Yom Kippur because of the belief that the dead as well of the living need atonement on this day. Yizkor also includes a pledge for charity, which is something that is believed to help avert a harsh decree. The pledge for charity is also fitting for the other three days since the Torah writes (Deuteronomy 16:17) that on the holidays one should come before God with a gift. The holidays are also considered times of charity.