||Broadside intended to be used by worshippers at the Hazkarat (mentioning of the souls), memorial prayer. Space is provided for the insertion of a donor's name, followed by a promise in Hebrew and Yiddish that the prayer will be recited at appropriate times.
The prayer opens with the words, "Yizkor Elokim" ("May G-d remember... the soul..."). In common language the prayer has therefore become known as Yizkor or Mazkir. Hazkarat Neshamot expresses the fervent hope that the departed souls will enjoy eternal life in G-d's presence. In the Ashkenazi ritual, it is said after the reading of the Torah, during the morning service of the last day of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot (the three pilgrimage festivals), and on the Day of Atonement. In the Sephardi rite it is recited also on the Day of Atonement eve before Ma’ariv. Hazkarat Neshamot allows for the insertion of the name of the departed and mentions charitable offerings “for the repose of the departed souls” (Sh. Ar., OH 621:6), which it is customary to promise donations during the service. Both these elements are present here.