Yahrtzeit – 21 December

Originally uploaded by In Memory of Greg Sher.

8 Tevet 5769 (4 January 2009)


~ by gregsher on December 20, 2012.

One Response to “Yahrtzeit – 21 December”

  1. “The word yizkor means ‘remember’ and refers to a special prayer said on behalf of family members who have passed away, though most people say it on behalf of those for whom kaddish is said: parents children, siblings and spouses..It is recited during the synagogue prayer service, on Yom Kippur, the last days of Passover, Shavuot and Shemini Atzeret.

    Yizkor is a short prayer that has a deep spiritual impact on the soul of the departed relatives and leaves a powerful emotional impression on those who say it. It provides an opportunity for living relatives to have an elevating spiritual impact on the soul of the departed loved one. For the person saying yizkor, it can be a very important reflective moment.

    Yizkor is founded on two fundamental Jewish beliefs; one, that the prayers and actions of people in this world can have an elevating spiritual effect on the souls of the departed, and two, that a primary, G-D given mission in every persons life is to make the world a kinder, better more beautiful place.

    In Jewish life, this pursuit of kindness is known as ‘olam chesed yibaneh- to build a world of kindness’.

    Yizkor is a beautiful expression of these ideas. The central element of yizkor is the commitment to make a charitible donation in honour of one’s depated relative. By making such a commitment, you are affirming the belief that G-D wants us to do whatever we can to be helpful and alleviate the suffering of others.

    When you make an effort to help someone else, and do so in honour of a relative, then the relative becomes the motivating cause that gave rise to your act of kindness.

    The result is that you become a better, more giving person, the departed soul of your relative is elevated, and the recipient benefits from your kindness and generosity.”


    May the dear soul of our beloved son, Gregory Michael Sher – Gilon Michal ben Yona v’Shlomo Halevy, forever rest in peace. XX 21/12/2012

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