As you recite Yizkor on the second day of Shavuos
(Shavuos Day in Israel)
remember your loved ones
do something in their memory
Elevate their neshamah (soul) through the kedushah (holiness) of Yizkor.
“Yizkor” means to remember the departed in both thought and action
What is Yizkor?
Yizkor is a solemn and significant prayer where one pledges charity to commemorate the lives of a beloved family member that passed on
When is Yizkor said?
Yizkor is recited four times yearly:
Yom Kippur, Shmini Atzeres, the last days of Pesach, and Shavous
why is Yizkor said?
To strengthen the spiritual connection between our loved ones and ourselves – the deed benefits both the living and the departed
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“One is required to light a yahrzeit candle (memorial candle) before a Yom Tov when Yizkor is said.”
Our sages say: “One cannot sit down to eat breakfast a day after saying Yizkor before making a contribution towards their Yizkor pledges.”
The Midrash says: “During Yizkor, the departed soul gets immersed in holy waters and gently washed. Its status becomes pure as a newborn, and benefits from sitting amongst worthy tzaddikim in Gan Eden.”