Psalm 23, beloved by Christians and Jews alike, has offered comfort and solace in difficult moments for countless people across the generations. In the Jewish context, it is strongly associated with mourning and remembrance, even though that association is customary rather than halakhic (based on Jewish law). At Jewish funerals, it is often found on the small handout that lists the deceased's personal information. It is almost universally sung at Yizkor, the Memorial Service that occurs four times a year on major holidays: Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Sh'mini Atzeret (the Assembly on the Eighth Day: the last day of Sukkot, the Fesitval of Booths), Pesach (the Festival of Passover), and Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks). There are a handful of musical settings that Jews associate with these occasions and carry powerful emotional resonance in their own right. . .
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