Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

At the Hand of Violence: A Yizkor Prayer

My daughter Dana asked me to write this prayer. It’s for Brendon z”l, her friend who was brutally murdered in the streets of Chicago three years ago. The killer’s recent trial brought back the night of his death. The result is this Yizkor prayer. The last sentence is the classic ending of a Yizkor prayer. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below (website only). The text follows.

At the Hand of Violence: A Yizkor Prayer
Author of life
Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To ______________________ (name in Hebrew or your native tongue),
My [father / mother / sister / brother / child / wife / dear one / friend]
Whose life was cut off by violence,
An act of witless aggression.
We remember his / her wisdom, talents and skills,
Joy, laughter and tears.
Let these memories continue to bless us
Even as we pray for him / her to find peace
In the world to come.
Put an end to anger, hatred and fear
And lead us to a time when no one will suffer at the hand of another.
May his / her soul be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: See also these other memorial prayers: “In Memory of an Organ Donor,” “For Bereaved Children” and “For the Bereaved.”

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