As a deer yearns for streams of water,
so I yearn for You, O God.
My whole being thirsts for God,
for the living God. Psalm 42:2
Hear my prayer.
Let my cry come before You.
Do not hide from me in my time of sorrow. Turn Your ear to me.
When I cry, answer me soon. Psalm 102:2–3
my soul is downcast.
Therefore I think of You. Psalm 42:7
The above beautiful prayer is taken from the Yizkor service section in our new High Holy Day Machzor for Yom Kippur (page 549).
Celebrating a new year includes also remembering those who walked this path before us. Those who came together in joy and in sadness, who were in awe, fear, and in tears, and in love, happiness and full of hope.
When we bow down our heads in remembrance this year on Yom Kippur, we will know that they are with us, and that as long we remember them, they will be part of us and our lives.
May the coming Shabbat and High Holy Days comfort those who have lost a loved one only recently or at this season in years past.
Shabbat Shalom—Rabbi Adrian M Schell
The Yizkor service will take place on Yom Kippur (19.9.) at 17:00. The dedication of new leaves for the tree will take place at 16:45.