IN MEMORY OF THE DEAR DEPARTED ONES
May God remember the soul of my beloved (grandfather) (grandmother)
(uncle) (aunt) (brother) (sister) (Name) who has passed to his (her)
eternal rest. I pledge charity in his (her) behalf and pray that
his (her) soul be kept among the immortal souls of Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, and all the righteous men and
women in paradise. Amen.
Our God and God of our fathers, may the memories of those whom
we lovingly recall as we say Yizkor this day influence our lives
for good and direct our thoughts away from the vain and fleeting
toward that which is eternal. Teach us to emulate the virtues of
our dear ones so that we too may be inspired to devote ourselves
to the Torah, to Israel and to Thee, the source of all our aspirations.
Thus shall the historic chain of Judaism remain unbroken, our departed
mothers and fathers and all our loved ones be united with us. They
live in us, in our hopes, and shall their influence continue in
our children. In Thee, O Lord, they and we are one.
`When I stray far from Thee, O God, my life is as death; but when
I cleave unto Thee, even in death I have life.' With Thee are the
souls of the living and the dead. Teach us to live wisely and unselfishly
in truth and understanding, in love and peace, so that those who
come after us may likewise remember us for good, as we this day
affectionately remember them who were unto us a blessing. Amen.
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