Has anyone put together a kind of Jewish memorial service? We sometimes have situations where the actual shivah is held in one place (one country often), but the relatives would like to have one service locally (something of a variation on or an alternative to the traditional shivah service). Then there are other situations (blended, interfaith families, etc.) where some more universal prayers might well be added. Ilse
August 2007 Digest 160
The following brief prayer has been written by by US Navy Chaplain Rabbi Kaprow as appropriate for congregations to place in their Memorial Booklets. Marian
Eternal and Compassionate God whose mercies fill the earth, at this sacred time of remembrance our thoughts turn to all the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who have given their lives in the defense of freedom for all people. Keep these pure souls, who shine brightly throughout Your creation, sheltered firmly beneath Your wings. May the memory of their lives serve as an inspiration to us and as a comfort to all their loved ones. May they rest in peace among all the righteous of our people. And let us say, Amen.