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El Malei Rachamim, (God of compassion), is a prayer recited during Jewish funerals, as well as on occasions of remembrance of the deceased: Memorial Day both in the US and Israel, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anniversary of the death of a loved one. There isn’t a version specific to US Memorial Day, but it’s suitable for today in its traditional form. It’s also customary to light a twenty-four hour memorial candle and to give charity on behalf of the deceased. I hope all of you have had a meaningful Memorial Day, and here is the translation of the prayer for both men and women, as well as a chanted version. The chanted version is by the IDF cantor, Shai Abramson.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXVxMCPbDAM

English translation for a man: “O G?d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of
(mention his Hebrew name and that of his father)
who has gone to his [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of his soul; may his place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter him with the cover of His wings forever, and bind his soul in the bond of life. The Lord is his heritage; may he rest in his resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.”
For a woman: “O G?d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of
(mention her Hebrew name and that of her father)
who has gone to her [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of her soul; may her place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter her with the cover of His wings forever, and bind her soul in the bond of life. The Lord is her heritage; may she rest in her resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.”


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