Yizkor, on the last day of Passover – By Adina Kutnicki, Israel National News

Adina Kutnicki

The Koren Yizkor

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS | By Adina Kutnicki | April 24, 2022

For millennia, the closing of Passover (Pesach) is signified by the incantation of Yizkor; a prayer ritual which is recognized throughout the Jewish world. From near and far, its heart-rending chanting for victims of antisemitism, the Holocaust and IDF soldiers reverberates inside the walls of the synagogue contrasting with its silently said prayers for beloved personally missed departed come together in a unifying deliverance.

It is during 4 Jewish holidays, namely, Yom Kippur, the last day of Pesach, the second day of Shavuot, and Shemini Atzeret, the day added at the end of Succot, that a beseechment before God is intoned; both privately and collectively. It is in memory, and in honor of the dearly departed that this soulful prayer resonates most acutely. While it can be said for others, traditionally, it is reserved for the passing of…

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