Kaddish at Chofetz Chayim
The Yiddish word “Yahrtzeit “means yearly time. It is a yearly observance that takes place on the anniversary of death. It is a special day for the departed loved one we remember as well as for the living.
Yahrtzeit is the personal Yom Kippur for the “neshama” (the soul). Each Yom Kippur we, the living, are judged for how we lived during the past year. Likewise, on the soul’s personal Yom Kippur each year, the soul is judged for what happened during the past year with the legacy it left on earth. How are his/her children and descendants carrying themselves? What kind of lives are they leading? And what is the continuing impact of the good deeds that were performed during physical life? Judaism provides us with a gift. We not only have a special day to remember our loved one but we can connect spiritually to them and bring them honor by elevating our personal behavior. Yes, a candle is lit and Kaddish is said but the Yahrtzeit experience can be elevated in many ways. Please feel free to contact Rabbi and Esther for creative ways to make the Yahrtzeit of your loved one even more meaningful.
Our synagogue is graced with Memorial Tablets upon which may be inscribed the names of our dear departed ones. Each name is inscribed on an individual plaque bearing the name of the deceased and the Yahrtzeit date in both Hebrew and English. Memorial lights are kindled on the Yahrtzeit and at every Yizkor (Memorial) Service. One of the most moving parts of the Holiday Service is during Yizkor, when Rabbi Becker walks from the bimah to the Yahrtzeit board to say the Kel Maleh (a prayer to rest in peace bound to
The cost to dedicate each Yahrtzeit plaque is $600.00. Please contact Rabbi Becker for more information.