- light a yahrzeit candle for the fallen Israeli soldiers and terror victims
- pray for the state of Israel and the IDF soldiers (First Fruits of Zion has a great prayer for the restoration of Zion)
- make a donation to a Jewish charity (we love Magen David Adom!)
- stay at home for erev yom hazikaron and read stories of the fallen soldiers
- visit a local cemetery or a loved one’s grave
- read Psalm 9 and Psalm 144
- read El Malei Rachamim (you can find a translation below, or in your siddur)
- sound a 2 minute siren
- get together with friends to commemorate the holiday
- watch Israel’s memorial day ceremony live at Yad VaShem
- read The Silver Platter (a popular poem for Yom HaZikaron)
- play hebrew songs for the holiday (Matan Ariel has an album on spotify and there’s also a bunch on youtube)
El Malei Rachamim
O God, full of mercy, who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine Presence – in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament – for the souls of the martyrs who fought in all the wars of Israel, in the underground and in the Israel Defense Forces, who met their death in war and pledged their souls to the sanctification of God’s Name, the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel, by virtue of our prayers for the ascent of their souls.
May the Merciful One therefore shelter them beneath His wings for eternity, and may He bind their souls in the Bond of Life. The Lord is their heritage, Eden their place of rest. May they repose in peace on their resting place, may their merit reflect on all Israel, and may they meet their destiny in the End of Days.
Now let us respond: Amen