Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Jewish memorial service for the dead.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hebrew yizkōr, may (God) remember, from zākar, to remember; see ḏkr in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • On Yom Kippur, part of the day's observance includes a service of remembrance, called Yizkor, during which we read the names of the dead, reflect on their lives and their legacies, honor them through memory, and commit ourselves to action inspired by their memory.

    Rabbi Jennifer Krause: Compassionate Release Redux

  • Special memorial services called Yizkor services are held during Passover.

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  • With Hazzan Mizrahi, they bring us into the twilight world of "Yizkor," the Jewish equivalent of a requiem Mass -- psalms and prayers, says Mr. Chevan, "that have been recited since the time of the Crusades."

    Jews and Blacks Join in This 'Yizkor'

  • Ruth Fertig, who won the gold medal for her documentary, "Yizkor," said the award gave her faith to move forward as a filmmaker.

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  • I led a Yizkor memorial service for families that day at ground zero.

    Rabbi Michael M. Cohen: 10 Years Later, We Must Do Better

  • [There were] 52 rooms and I went in (and you have to change each time, you have to change the gown) but whatever they wanted, whether they wanted to say Yizkor or they wanted to have a particular prayer, so that's what I did.

    Women Who Dared - Hanna Weinberg on IMPACT ON WORLD

  • In this capacity she published articles on the progress of the department and its activities, encouraged the writing of personal memoirs and was active in the publication of the Yizkor memorial books which focused on specific communities.

    Rokhl Auerbakh.

  • The only composition available in English at present is her lament entitled “Yizkor 1943.”

    Rokhl Auerbakh.

  • NYPL Digital is the portal to NYPL's rare and unique collections in digitized form, including searchable databases like In Motion: The African American Migration Experience, online exhibitions such as Before Victoria, and text from the Yizkor (Holocaust Memorial) Books.

    Creating, Managing & Pres. Dig. Assets: The New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Library

  • For the conservatives in Petah Tikvah this was an incitement, since it took the form of a literary evening with readings from modern Hebrew works, rather than a recital of the Yizkor prayer.

    Sarah Malkhin.

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