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Taame Haminhagim (589–590) explains (in free translation): If he remains there, he might say it with them, and there's a covenant made with the lips [that what they say is true comes true]. Another reason is that everyone's busy saying Yizkor and he's silent, and it says in B'rachos that it should not be the case that all are busy etc. There's a ...


No written source, alas, but I have heard the following, if I remember it correctly, from Rabbi Yisrael Reisman (of Torah Vodaas and Agudath Israel of Madison, both in Brooklyn). Debts cannot be paid from funds of maaser. If one pledges to pay an amount to tz'daka, it's a debt, and he may not pay it from maaser. However, if one pledges to pay an amount to ...


As a convert, I've only asked the question with respect to kaddish and shiva. I've posted the answers I've received on those questions elsewhere (in sum, my rav relying on the Rema said "no kaddish or shiva" but there are other chashuva sources who disagree; I go with my Rav). Since my late Rav, Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, said "no" to those questions, it ...


Chabad on line says that the entire Congregation, even those that do not say Yizkor, say Av Harachamim.


Yom Kippur is a different question, but the others (as heard from my rosh yeshiva) all have the Torah reading that discusses what we're expected to give as sacrifices, "in accordance with what G-d grants you." (Deut. 16:17). Thus a good time to think about charity pledges. And part of Yizkor is about being in the merit of the charity we give.


Divrei Torah Volume 3 #61 mentions a reason that I have heard - which he says is inaccurate. The reason he mentions is that Yom Kippur is like the last day of Rosh HaShana and we always say it on the last days of the Yom Tov. He says that is not accurate as they are separate Yomim Tovim. He then says that on Rosh HaShana we are only supposed to think of live ...

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