The ancient custom of recalling the souls of the departed is rooted in the fundamental Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies. The soul ascends to the realm of the spirit where it regularly attains higher levels of purity and holiness.
When this life is over, the soul can no longer perform good deeds; that method of attaining merit is the sole province of mortal man. How then can the disembodied soul derive new sources of merit? History is a continuum. When we, the living, give charity or do good deeds in memory of a departed parent or loved one, the merit is truly that of the departed soul. Moreover, God in His mercy credits our deed to the departed one because, given the chance, he or she would have done the same.
This is one idea behind remembering the names and good deeds of our departed loved ones and pledging charity in their memories. It is also one of the reasons that Yizkor is a highlight of the holiday service. While Yizkor undeniably touches the most sentimental chords in the human heart, its prominence is primarily because of the spiritual benefits it confers both to the departed soul and the living relatives.
We will be printing a most beautiful Book of Remembrance for the Yizkor service to honor our loved ones who have passed on (parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and/or friends).
The Yizkor service will take place on Yom Kippur, Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the Taj Hotel.
The suggested cost per dedicated name is $18.00 (The Hebrew numeric value of Chai - Life).
The Tzedakah will be earmarked for educational opportunities for the Boston Jewish Community.
Note: Submitting Names for this year's Yizkor Book of Remembrance is closed. Any questions call: 617.247.7100.