Questions tagged [yizkor]

Jewish memorial prayer in ashkenazi Kehila's usually said on the last day of Yom tov and Yom Kippur

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Why do non-orphans leave during Yizkor?

In all the Shuls (Synagogues) I've Davened in over the years, I noticed that all those whose parents are alive leave the shul during Yizkor. Why is this so?
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Does a ger (convert) say Yizkor?

A convert's biological parents are not their parents in a halachic sense. In some senses the converting beis din is "responsible" for the convert in the way of parents. In name, at least, the ger's ...
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Can Yizkor obligations be paid from Maaser money?

When a person goes to Shul to say Yizkor they obligate themselves to give Tzedaka in memory of the deceased. Can this obligation be paid from Maaser or does it have to be paid from the persons ...
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Is a convert allowed to say Yizkor for their non-Jewish parents? [duplicate]

Is a convert allowed to say Yizkor for their deceased parents if they are non-Jewish?
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Kel Maleh Rachamim for Jewish martyrs

I am looking for variant texts of Kel Maleh Rachamim for the shoah, for Jewish martyrs generally, and for members of the IDF who perished in battle.
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Why do we say Yizkor when we say it?

In the diaspora, we say Yizkor on: The last day of Passover The second day of Shavuot Yom Kippur The first day of Shemini Atzeret Why do we always say Yizkor on these days in particular? If it's ...
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Av HaRachamim after Yizkor

Is the Av HaRachamim that is said after Yizkor part of the Yizkor service and only said by those who said Yizkor or is it part of the regular Tefila to be said by all? (sources)
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Yizkor and Rosh Hashanah

Originally, Yizkor was said on Yom Kippur and only later was it extended to Shelosh Regalim. Why was it not said on Rosh Hashanah which is Yom Hazikkoron? It would seem more appropriate to say it then ...
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Is there any reason why Yizkor, in particular, should be said in shul/with minyan rather than alone?

Is there any reason why YIZKOR in particular, should be said in shul (the synagogue) rather than at home? Why is it common (orthodox) practice that women who almost never attend Shul make an extreme ...
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explanation of יַסְתִּירֵהוּ בְּסֵתֶר כְּנָפָיו לְעוֹלָמִים

The prayer "El Malei Rachamim" there is a passage לָכֵן בַּעַל הָרַחֲמִים יַסְתִּירֵהוּ בְּסֵתֶר כְּנָפָיו לְעוֹלָמִים which by wikipedias translation means Therefore, the Master of Mercy ...
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Lighting yizkor and yahrzeit candles for rebbeim

I have heard of a custom in Chabad to light yahrzeit and yizkor candles for the rebbeim. But I literally don't know anything about it except that some in Chabad do it. Can anyone tell me: How common ...
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Why does the chazzan or gabbai recite the “El malei rachamim” prayer?

Wikipedia states "El malei rachamim" is a funeral prayer used by the Ashkenazi Jewish community. The chazzan recites it, for the ascension of the souls of the dead, during the funeral, going ...
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Non-orphans during yizkor

Yesterday, I was holding one of the sifrei Torah after hagbahah, as the magbiaḥ needed to check on his children and my father was in some pain from holding it. However, when it came time for Yizkor, I ...
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Is a Yohrtzeit or Yizkor candle which is lit 2 days before a yohrtzeit, or Yom-Tov as good as 1 lit on (or just prior to) the yohrtzeit or YT itself?

When Yom Tov begins right after Shabbos (as with Shavuos of this year), can one light a 2-day Yizkor candle before Shabbos and have it continue burning until Yomtov, or there is no purpose in doing so ...