Marking Yom Kippur with the Recitation of the Yizkor Prayer

Beginning Tuesday night, we observe the Holy day of Yom Kippur. We observe this holiday by lighting a Yizkor memorial candle and reciting the Yizkor prayer.

Yizkor, in Hebrew, means “Remember.” It is not only the first word of the prayer, but it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore G‑d to remember the souls of our relatives and friends that have passed on. When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loved ones, bringing merit to the departed souls, and elevating them in their celestial homes.

A main component of Yizkor is our private pledge to give charity following the holiday in honor of the deceased. By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.

During the Yizkor service at Daughters of Sarah, we will recite the names of those who are no longer with us, including those with permanent plaques in our shul. Click here to view our 2022 Yom Kippur Yizkor Memory Book.

G’mar Chatima Tovah. May you be sealed for a good year.