Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Yizkor for First Responders

This is a yizkor prayer for those who have died in service to others as first responders. It’s another focused yizkor prayer, including: “In Memory of an Organ Donor” and “At the Hand of Violence,” for those who died at the hand of another. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

Yizkor for First Responders
G-d of the selfless,
G-d of the strong and the brave,
Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous
To ______________________ (name in Hebrew or your native tongue),
My [ father / mother / sister / brother / child / wife / dear one/ friend ]
Who died in service to others [ in / during / because of ]
_________________________________________________ [name of event such as:
[the 9/11 attacks on the Unites States, the Mount Carmel forest fire, etc.].
May his/her dedication to protecting life serve as a shining lamp of love
And the works of his/her hands bring us all merit in heaven.
Bless the souls of all who have died to save others,
Civilians and professionals,
The trained and the untrained,
In every age and in every land,
Men and women who answered the call of honor, duty and service.
May the memory of _____________________ be sanctified with joy and love.
May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s a “Liturgy for 9-11” and a link to more yizkor and memorial prayers.

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