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Yizkor and Kapparot

While many might be able to attend synagogue this upcoming Yom Kippur, some not, bringing on the inability for many to recite the Yizkor prayer in synagogue and/or to perform the Kapparot ceremony, therefore we have set up a 

MADA Yizkor and Kapparot Donation Program.


Yizkor, meaning “to remember”, is a solemn and meaningful memorial prayer commemorating the lives and the passing of a beloved member of the family. Our tradition teaches us that reciting prayers and giving tzedaka on their behalf can bring them eternal benefit. For us, remembering is not only a matter of thought, but also of deed; within the text of the Yizkor prayer we pledge to give charity in the merit of the deceased.

Simply submit the donation form to the right to donate to MADA in honour of Yizkor. In doing so, you will bring great benefit to both the living and the departed. 




You can also do Kapparot online with MADA. Simply submit the donation form to the right. It is customary to perform the kapparot (symbolic “atonement”) rite on the morning of Yom Kippur. Some people use chickens, some use a kosher live fish; others perform the entire rite with money, and then giving the money to charity. Your donation will go directly towards helping feed people in need in our community.

How to:
Take money which will then be given to charity and recite the following three times. Recite the first paragraph, pass it over your head three times and then recite the paragraph again, etc.:

Children of man who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron — He will bring them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and will sunder their bonds. Foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings; their soul loathes all food and they reach the gates of death — they cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. He sends forth His word and heals them; He delivers them from their graves. Let them thank the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man. If there be for a man [even] one interceding angel out of a thousand [accusers], to speak of his uprightness in his behalf, then He will be gracious to him and say: Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him].

When reciting the first twelve words below, pass the money over your head three times.

This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This money will go to tzedaka/charity (in hebrew: zeh hakesef yelech litzdedakah) and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace.

Click here for Hebrew and English text in printable PDF format (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society).

Thank you again for helping us fulfill the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s directive, “Let no Jew be left behind!” Let us continue to be inspired to help our fellow brothers and sisters!