This is the usual request to send any corrections to the Yizkor list to me, but with a twist.

I have tried for several years to get an answer to my question regarding who should or should not be on the list, and who stays on the list, and why. If we were to have a discussion on the subject, the number of opinions probably would outnumber the number of participants in the discussion. In my opinion, the best and most satisfactory answer to this question I have ever received was from a Rabbi, who said that this congregation is so mixed and so small that we should just keep doing what we have been doing. so in the tradition of the Jewish faith and of this congregation, I want to include on the list the names of the loved ones who have departed in the way that those who loved them and are still living want them to be remembered and included.

I know this is not just a list of names, but a sacred list, a list of people we honor and remember, people we knew and loved who shared their lives with us and, in many cases, taught us how to be Jews, a people set apart, a family of God. This is a special and beautiful legacy that we could have received from no one else, one to wear proudly and with dignity, one that is before our eyes and in our hearts daily to guide, encourage, sustain, and comfort us through the calms and storms of this present life, one to share with each other and to pass on to our children and their children into the future. So in this list we have an unbreakable chain that binds us together as individual links, as families, and as a community, to both our past and our future. I want to preserve it as intact as possible for the benefit of present and future congregants. Doing so is a labor of love from me to you.

Joy Breslauer, Aitz Chaim Editor

Posted on September 17, 2017, in 2017, 5777, Elul, Ram's Horn, September. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Joy:

    RE: Keeping of the Yitzkor list for Aitz Chiam.

    We are all most fortunate that you are doing this for all of us. I agree with all you have said and thank you for what you are doing in keeping this list up to date and as Editor and Publisher of the Aitz Chaim News Letter.

    I wish you nashan tova.

    Stuart Lewin

    • Thank you. This means a lot to me. Shana Tova!

    • Thank you for sharing some thoughts about the Yiskor list. I am in Moskow having recently visited the Baltic Capital and St Petersburg.
      Along the way I visited and photographed synagogues in each city. If anyone would like to see them I can share photos of the synagogues and a few places of Jewish interest along the way.
      I will not be back until after Rosh Hashana but before Yom Kippur.
      Happy New Year,

  2. Joy,
    Thank you for what you are doing and please keep on doing it in the same way. This is the only congregation that I am affiliated with and it is the only place I have to continue the memory of my parents for my children.

  3. Joy, I would also like to thank you very much for all you do to keep our small group of very loosely organized yids together. I really love what you are doing with the Yizkor list.

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