During the Yizkor memorial services on Yom Kippur, we will mention the names of our parents, relatives and friends who are no longer living. Standing before the Torah scrolls on the holiest day of the year, this is a most powerful time to remember our loved ones before G‑d, in the sanctity of the synagogue and in the presence of the entire congregation. This important act has a powerful effect on the souls of our loved ones in heaven, which in turn further connects them with us.
Since those who have departed no longer have a physical presence and cannot do physical acts, we may pledge to give charity or do a good deed in their memory. In this way, through remembering and taking action on their behalf, we carry on the impact that our loved ones had on us.
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