Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

At the Hand of Violence: A Yizkor Prayer

800px-Jehrico_941_FMy daughter Dana asked me to write a prayer for her friend Brendon z”l who was brutally murdered in the streets of Chicago. The last sentence is the classic ending of a Yizkor prayer.

At the Hand of Violence: A Yizkor Prayer
Author of life
Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To ______________________ (name in Hebrew or your native tongue),
My [father / mother / sister / brother / child / wife / dear one / friend]
Whose life was cut off by violence,
An act of witless aggression.
We remember his / her wisdom, talents and skills,
Joy, laughter and tears.
Let these memories continue to bless us
Even as we pray for him / her to find peace
In the world to come.
Put an end to anger, hatred and fear
And lead us to a time when no one will suffer at the hand of another.
May his / her soul be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: See also these other memorial prayers: “In Memory of an Organ Donor,” “For Bereaved Children” and “For the Bereaved.” Click here for a full list of memorial and yizkor prayers.

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