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MEMORIAL PRAYERS

FOR A MAN

When the Hashkabah is recited in memory of a distinguished rabbi, it is introduced by these and the following verses (if the rabbi is a woman add the verses below):

"Where shall Wisdom (Chochmah) be found,
And where is the abode of Understanding (Binah)?
Happy is the person who has found Wisdom,
The one who has obtained to Understanding."
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The following verses are recited in memory to introduce a man of eminence, a mensch, a tzadik.

"How great is Your goodness You have held in reserve for those
who revere You,
Which You have wrought for those who trust in You,
in the presence of other people.
How precious Your loving-kindness, O God!
The children of men take trustful refuge in the shadow
of Your wings.
They shall drink of the rich joy of Your dwelling place,
You who causes them to drink deep of the stream of Your bliss."
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"Better is a good name than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of birth."
"The end of th matter after all has been heard -
revere God and keep the committments, for this is the whole duty of a man."
"May the pious be joyful in glory,
And rejoice in their repose."
May the destined soul of (name of deceased) be true repose under the wings of the Divine Presence (Shekhina) in the celestial realm, the Chamber of the holy and pure shining resplendent as the luminous firmament. May his re-creation (re-incarnation) be free of guilt. May he know redemption and compassionate grace from the One who is enthroned on high, and happy participation in the life of the World to Come. May the Spirit of ADONAI grant rest in the happiness of the Beyond to him who has departed from this world according to the will of the Creator, Ruler of heaven and earth.

May the supreme Ruler of all earthly kings in mercy show this soul love and compassion. May peace attend him and his repose be peaceful, as it is written:
"They shall enter into peace, they who walk in their uprightness shall have repose in their resting places."
May he and all his ancestors slumbering in the dust along with the other dead of Israel, be included in mercy and forgiveness. May this be the Divine Will, and let us say: AMEYN!

FOR A WOMAN

(recite the above introductory verses for a woman rabbi or an eminant woman or tzadikah)

"A virtuous woman whoever finds her -
Her worth is far above the value of corals."
"Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And see that her own works praise her in the gates."

By the word of the most merciful One whose attribute is mercy were created both this world and the future world wherein treasured souls of the true and pious do the will of the Eternal. May the glory and power of the Eternal ordain that the memory of this worthy, good and honored daughter (name of deceased) come into the Presence of the Creator. May the Spirit of ADONAI grant rest in the happiness of the Beyond to her who has departed this world according to the will of the Eternal, Ruler of heaven and earth. May the supreme Ruler over all earthly kings in mercy show love and compassion to her. May peace attend her and her repose be peaceful, as it is written: "They shall enter into peace; they who walk in their uprightness shall have repose in their resting places." May she and all of the righteous daughters of the world along with those of Israel slumbering with her in the dust be included in mercy and forgiveness. May this be the Divine will, and let us say: AMEYN!

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