Does it matter that this story takes place at the time of a wedding? Why or why not?
Is it significant that the "instrument" of death was to have been a snake?
What do you think is meant by the the claim, "Tzedakah saves a person from death itself?" What are the varying meanings of this statement.
What are your thoughts about doing tzedakah when you're alive versus having it come from your estate?
Think of some individuals you believe to be praiseworthy for their tzedakah work, would you have had the same thoughts about that individual if they had waited until they were dead to leave their money to tzedakah? Why or why not?
How do you (did you) instruct your children to give tzedakah? What exactly did you choose to teach your children?
Who taught you about giving tzedakah? What did you learn specifically about doing tzedakah.
How does this verse relate back to the story of Rabbi Akiva's daughter?
Do you believe that ruin will not come to those who establish themselves through righteousness (tzedakah)?
(י) אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים, שׁוֹכֵן בַּמְּרוֹמִים, הַמְצֵא מְנוּחָה נְכוֹנָה עַל כַּנְפֵי הַשְּׁכִינָה, בְּמַעֲלַת קְדוֹשִׁים וּטְהוֹרִים כְּזֹהַר הָרָקִיעַ מַזְהִירִים, אֶת נִשְׁמַת (שם הנפטר בן שם אביו) שֶׁהָלַךְ לְעוֹלָמוֹ, בַּעֲבוּר שֶׁבְּלִי נֶדֶר אֶתֵּן צְדָקָה בְּעַד הַזְכַּרַת נִשְׁמָתוֹ, בְּגַן עֵדֶן תְּהֵא מְנוּחָתוֹ, לָכֵן בַּעַל הָרַחֲמִים יַסְתִּירֵהוּ בְּסֵתֶר כְּנָפָיו לְעוֹלָמִים, וְיִצְרוֹר בִּצְרוֹר הַחַיִּים אֶת נִשְׁמָתוֹ, יְיָ הוּא נַחֲלָתוֹ, וְיָנוּחַ עַל מִשְׁכָּבוֹ בְּשָׁלוֹם. וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן.
(10) O Power, full of mercy, who dwells on high, establish proper rest upon the wings of the Divine Presence, on the levels of the holy and pure ones [who] shine like the splendor of the firmament, [for] the soul of (the name of the departed, son of the name of his father) who went to his world, because I will - without making a vow - give charity for the memory of his soul; let his rest be in the Garden of Eden. Hence, Master of mercy, cover him in the cover of His wings forever and bind his soul with the Binding of life (God). God is his inheritance and let him rest upon his place of repose in peace. And let us say Amen.
How does this yizkor prayer relate to the idea that Tzedakah saves one from death?
How do you understand the phrase "bind his soul with binding of life?"
What customs relate to yizkor/yahrzheits in Jewish communities today?