How to Say the Kaddish

The Kaddish is a Jewish prayer usually recited at funerals. Sons are required to say Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a parent. The Kaddish is also recited at morning and evening prayer services, during Shabbat and other holidays, and on days of fasting.

Kaddish which literally means sanctification is a prayer affirming God as the sole ruler of the world and the only source of our salvation. It is also an expression of our acceptance of God’s judgment.

Saying Kaddish help mourners recognize that death is a part of God’s eternal plan and make them avoid the feeling of bitterness and resentfulness to God. Kaddish prayer also helps the deceased in a way that the act of praying provides atonement for all his wrongdoings during his time on earth.

The Kaddish is recited in the presence of a minyan ( a congregation of at least 10 males above the age of Bar Mitzvah).

Yis’ ga’ dal v’yis’kadash sh’may ra’bbo, b’olmo dee’vro, chir’usay v’yamlich malchu’say, b’chayaychon uv’yumaychun uv’chayay d’chol bais Yisroel, ba’agalo u’viz’man koriv; v’imru Omein.

Y’hay shmay rabbo m’vorach l’olam ul’olmay olmayo. Yisborach v’yistabach v’yispoar v’yisromam v’yismasay v’yishador v’yis’aleh  v’yisalal, shmay d’kudsho, brich hu, l’aylo min kl birchoso v’sheerosho, tush’bechoso v’nechemoso, da, ameeran b’olmo, vimru; Omein.

Y’hay shlomo rabbo min sh’mayo, v’chayim alaynu v’al kol Yisroel, v’imru; Omein. Oseh sholom bimromov, hu ya’aseh sholom olaynu, v’al kol Yisroel; v’imru; Omein.

May his great name be exalted and sanctified in the world which he created according to his will! May he establish his kingdom and may his salvation blossom and his anointed be near during your lifetime and during your days and during the lifetimes of all the House of Israel, swiftly and in the near future; Amen. May his great name be blessed forever and ever. Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, honored, elevated and lauded be the name of the holy One, blessed is he – above and beyond any blessings and hymns, praises and consolations which are uttered in the world; Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, upon us and upon all Israel; Amen. recommends Mourner’s Kaddish Bands which are created to help with the passing of a family member, friend or loved one, consistent with the recital of the Mourner’s Kaddish.

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