Yizkor is more than yarzheit candles and kaddish — it’s an exercise in active memory.
With Memorial Day coinciding with Shavuot Yizkor observances, the Jewish Chaplains Council is calling on synagogues to mark the occasion by paying tribute to Jews who have fallen in the line of duty.
If you are mourning, some Yom Kippur prayers can be unhelpful, and even hurtful. That’s according to feminist liturgist Marcia Falk and her new book.
At the start of the Jewish New Year, Simi Lichtman finds herself contemplating the death of the father she barely knew, and her obligation to mourn for him.
Confronting death, be it timely or untimely, is a terrifying experience. Thank goodness there are Jewish groups who help guide us through the mourning process.
Sitting around the table — four young women, all of us had lost one of our parents — we told the stories that we always tell or never tell: when we knew it was inevitable (cancer was the cause of death in every situation), where we were when we had to drop everything and come home, the worst and the silliest things people have said to us, the mysterious inability to account for the time between death and the funeral.
This week, for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, I will light a Yahrtzeit candle in my studio apartment and attend the memorial Yizkor service. The superstitious may disapprove since, thankfully, I have not lost anyone in my immediate family, for whom I would be required to go through these mourning rituals. Yet, I take this time to pause and honor Hedda and George Kury, who have been gone for seven years and who have no one to say Kaddish in their honor.