Shemini Atzeres – Thursday October 12th 11.15 am
Yizkor, a special memorial prayer for the departed, is recited in the synagogue four times a year, following the Torah reading on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Shemini Atzeret and on Yom Kippur.
Yizkor, in Hebrew, means “Remember.” It is not only the first word of the prayer, 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 one, bringing merit to the departed souls, elevating them in their celestial homes.
The 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. Any donation that you would like to give will be gratefully accepted. Some will be used to help support our day to day activities as the membership fees we charge do not cover our expenses.
Some will be designated for the Shul Tzedokah Fund that supports a wide range of local, national and international charities. You can make a donation by clicking here http://tinyurl.com/Yizkordonation
The soul gains additional merit if the memory of its good deeds spur their loved ones to improve their ways.
For more about Yizkor, please click here.
This year in honor of Yizkor we are putting together a listing of all the names of loved ones to be remembered
during Yizkor at Solihull Shul. Having all these names compiled in one booklet, as is customary in many
communities, brings everyone together as one family and brings an added measure of dignity and merit to
the souls of our loved ones.
Please fill in the names of your departed loved ones by clicking here.