is founded on two fundamental Jewish beliefs. Firstly, the prayers and actions of people in this world can have an elevating, spiritual effect on the souls of the departed. Secondly, a primary mission in every person’s life is to make the world a kinder, better, more beautiful place. In Jewish life, this pursuit of kindness is known as olam chesed yibaneh
, “to build a world of kindness.
Yizkor is a beautiful expression of these ideas. The central element of yizkor is the commitment to make a charitable donation in honor of one's departed relative. By making a commitment and effort to do kindness, both he/she and the departed relative become partners in this act of kindness. The act benefits threefold: the one performing the kindness becomes a better, more giving person; the recipient benefits; and the departed soul is elevated. (click here
for places you can donate)