May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism (Yizkor)

May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism (Yizkor)
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Product Description

Few topics exercise the Jewish mind and heart as thoroughly as memorializing the past, and few prayers on the High Holy Days attract as many people as does Yizkor, the Jewish memorial service par excellence.

May God Remember provides the history and the ideas behind this fascinating chapter in Jewish piety. The fourth volume in the Prayers of Awe series, it assembles the collective thought of thirty contributors from all denominations, and from the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany and Israel. Appendices provide the Sefardi memorial prayer called Hashkavah, and a translation and annotation of the original elegy for the dead in 1648 whose loss spurred the creation of El malei rachamim, the most famous of our memorial prayers and a staple for the funeral liturgy as well.