Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mourning loved ones from her Egyptian past

'Yizkor' - a service for the dead recited in Ashkenazi synagogues on Yom Kippur - is an occasion for Lucette Lagnado, writing in Opinion Journal, to mourn the departed members of her Egyptian-Jewish family: (with thanks: Lily)

"I have always loved the rituals of the Jewish High Holidays--hearing the wail of the shofar, or ram's horn; chanting the ancient hymns; taking part in the festive meal, punctuated by honey and sweet jam, to mark the New Year.

"Still, it is the brief, sober service known as Yizkor--literally, "May God remember"--that has come to affect me most. Recited on Yom Kippur, which begins next Friday at sundown, Yizkor is the memorial prayer for the dead.

"But unlike the Kaddish recited daily by a mourner, which never mentions the person who has passed, Yizkor is an explicit expression of yearning for the person lost and must include his name."

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