"Merciful Father, dwelling in the heights, by His great mercy, let Him with compassion remember the pious, upright and innocent - all the communities of saints who gave their lives for the sanctification of His Name..."
The Yizkor prayer is read only 4 times a year: on Yom Kippur, on Shemini Atzeret, on the last day of Pesach and on the second day of Shavuot. This is an important tradition for the Jewish people, associated not only with the observance of the commandment to honor parents after their death, but also with the exaltation of their souls, thanks to our deeds and donations made on these days.
Helping your relatives rise when they themselves can no longer, is probably one of our most pious deeds. Yizkor is read separately for men and separately for women. You can mention not only the names of a father or mother, but also other relatives who have left this world. G-d sees your concern for everyone you mention in the prayer.
And by making donations for the living in need of support, you help your departed relatives to do good deeds even after death. That is why, after prayer in the synagogue, those present at it give tzedakah. Everyone chooses the amount according to their capabilities, but it is considered that the larger it is, the higher the merit the souls of our loved ones receive.
Our foundation is engaged in the distribution of tzedakah, which you give as a merit of the souls of departed relatives. We help families in distress. Sometimes it seems to us that giving is just one good deed. But if you think about it, there are three whole good deeds: honoring those who are no longer with us, your own mitzvah, and helping families in need.
We carefully check the information about those we help. Data collection and analysis takes at least 8 hours for each person who applies. And only 1-2 people out of 10 are selected.
The verification procedure includes:
The foundation's staff are wise and experienced people who have been working with it from the very beginning. It is their experience that helps us make the right decisions!
Perhaps you think that your tzedakah alone will not save the day. That is not true! Any amount will be a good help for those who have nothing at all! And together we are many, so together we make this world a better place, while at the same time expressing our respect and love for those who are no longer with us!
A donation can be made both on the days before the holiday and after it. Do not forget to write in the comments the name for whom you are giving tzedakah. (For example, “a donation in memory of him/her”).
It is a great happiness that we have a tradition of honoring departed relatives. By reading Yizkor and giving tzedakah, we can show all our love and respect for them. At the same time, knowing that the tzedakah will also help today’s living Jewish families.