Yizkor

Route 17: Season Of Yizkor

The portal opens as quick as a dream.

09/25/2012
Associate Editor

This is the season of memory, of Yizkor. The memorial prayer for loved ones is recited four times in a year, two of them in these days between Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yizkor’s brevity reflects the brief connection between This World and the Next.

Another Lens On The Shoah

04/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In the tiny German village where she grew up, Rivka Weinstein was known as Cathrin. She played in the meadows and prayed in a church.

Elicia Brown

Reading The Names

Behind the growing trend of remembering fallen American soldiers in synagogues.

12/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Many around the country held their breath recently as President Barack Obama read the names of the 20 children who were killed in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre on Dec. 14. 

Ari L. Goldman

Yizkor On Memorial Day: The Layering Of Memory

05/31/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Like most people, I would imagine, my first thoughts upon learning that the Memorial Day weekend here in America would coincide with the festival of Shavuot this year were not happy ones. Three-day weekends are a precious commodity, even for rabbis. Giving one up for three days of Shabbat and Yom Tov was simply not a fair exchange.  I’m sure that I like being in synagogue a little more than the average bear, but really… on Memorial Day weekend?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

The Gift Of Yizkor

10/11/2011

In this holiday season, when we recite Yizkor, Jews are particularly concerned with memory. We remember those who have touched our lives and those whose glow continues even after they are gone, as a star illuminates the earth after its destruction. We are stardust in both senses: in a literal, physical sense, and in the sense that we are the product of people’s influence, stars we knew and those we did not know, whose glow enlivens us.

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