The word Yizkor means more than remember. It is more than an expression of recollection or a momentary glimpse into the past. To remember in the Jewish tradition is to keep, to observe, to emulate. It means to translate into noble deeds the worthy values and teachings of our dear ones who are no longer with us.
Yizkor then is a time to rededicate ourselves to the ideals and principles for which our dear departed lived and labored. In this way, we keep their memory alive and bring blessing to their name.
The Yizkor service is recited 4 times during the year, on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Pesah, and Shavuot.
Click here for the Yizkor booklet from Melville Jewish Center for 5784.