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A Passover to Remember!  How to Celebrate Final Days of Passover & the Yizkor Memorial Prayer at your Home.  View this email in your browser

Dear Friends,

The Seders are behind us and now we ready to celebrate the final days (7th & 8th) of Passover. 

The Seventh Day of Passover, referred to as "Shvii Shel Pesach," is the anniversary of the splitting of the Red Aea, which took place a week after the Jews left Egypt. While the ten plagues and all the miracles in Egypt were the first step in the Jewish people's liberation, it was not until they crossed the sea and witnessed the Hand of G-d in the most spectacular fashion that they truly appreciated their freedom.

 

The last day of Passover, referred to as "Acharon Shel Pesach," is another highlight of the Passover Holiday season.  Just when you thought you had seen it all, the final day of Pesach, emphasizes an even higher sense of Freedom. This day is dedicated to the Jewish faith in the fulfillment of humanity’s great future, as proclaimed by Isaiah, “nation shall not lift the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 


Following the custom of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism, Passover concludes with a "Feast of Moshiach." This festive meal complete with Matzah and, yes, four cups of wine, begins before sunset. It is the perfect way to spiritually take leave of Pesach and open our consciousness to the future and coming redemption.


Please note, this year the Yizkor memorial prayer which is customarily recited in the synagogue on the final day of Passover (April 16), will be recited this year at home due to COVID-19 (please see below for more info along with the memorial prayer).

Wishing you a healthy and enjoyable final days of Passover celebration!

Rabbi Yosef & Esty Greenberg
Rabbi Levi & Mushky Glitsenstein


SCHEDULE OF CANDLE LIGHTING
FOR FINAL DAYS OF PASSOVER


TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Earliest Candle Lighting at 7:50 pm
Light Holiday Candles at 9:03 pm
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Earliest Candle Lighting at 7:52 pm
Light Holiday Candles at 9:24 pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
Passover Ends at 10:43 pm 

   
Yizkor, a special memorial prayer for the departed loved ones, is traditionally recited in the synagogue four times a year: on the last day of Passover; on the second day of Shavuot; on Shemini Atzeret; and on Yom Kippur. Yizkor Memorial Prayer for this Passover should be recited on Thursday, April 16th.
 
Although Yizkor is usually recited at the Synagogue, however, due to the coronavirus, Yizkor can be recited at home.
 
Yizkor, in Hebrew, means "Remember." It is not only the first word of the prayer, it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore G‑d to remember the souls of our relatives and friends that have passed on.
 
When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loved one, bringing merit to the departed souls, elevating them in their celestial homes.
 
The main component of Yizkor is our private pledge to give charity following the holiday in honor of the deceased. By giving charity we are performing a positive physical deed in this world on behalf of the departed soul, something that they can no longer do.
 
The soul gains additional merit if the memory of its good deeds spur their loved ones to improve their ways.
 
To honor your loved ones for Yizkor and donate towards the Alaska Jewish Campus, please CLICK HERE.

 
Please See Below the Full Text of the Yizkor Memorial Prayer in Hebrew and English.  Please feel free to print it out and have it ready for you during the holiday.
 
 
For a father (and all males) say:
May G‑d remember the soul of my father, my teacher (mention his Hebrew name and that of his mother) who has gone to his [supernal] world, because I will — without obligating myself with a vow — donate charity for his sake. In this merit, may his soul be bound up in the bond of life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and with the other righteous men and women who are in Gan Eden; and let us say, Amen.
 
 
For a mother (and all females) say:
May G‑d remember the soul of my mother, my teacher (mention her Hebrew name and that of her mother) who has gone to her [supernal] world, because I will - without obligating myself with a vow - donate charity for her sake. In this merit, may her soul be bound up in the bond of life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and with the other righteous men and women who are in Gan Eden; and let us say, Amen.
 
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