Definition of Yizkor in English:

Yizkor

Pronunciation /ˈyiskər/ /ˈjɪskər/ /yēzˌkôr/ /jizˌkɔr/

nounYizkor, Yizkors

  • A memorial service held by Jewish people on certain holy days for deceased relatives or martyrs.

    ‘On the Jewish holidays at the Yizkor service, I feel really good.’
    • ‘The Yizkor service was instituted so that the Jew may pay homage to his forebears and recall the good life and traditional goals.’
    • ‘On the day of Yizkor, one should attend services in the morning.’
    • ‘These are the opening words of Yizkor, the central prayer for the dead recited on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.’

Origin

From Hebrew yizkōr, literally ‘may (God) remember’.