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Types of Kaddish

The term “Kaddish” is often used to refer specifically to “The Mourner’s Kaddish“, recited as part of the mourning ritual in Judaism in all prayer services, as well as at funerals and memorials.   When mention is made of “reciting Kaddish“, this refers to the rituals of mourning. Mourners recite Kaddish to show that despite […]

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Yizkor: The Communal Memorial

According to Jewish custom, the tradition of mourning is done in both private and public ways.   Observing a Yahrzeit (anniversary of a person’s death) is generally a private observance. Yizkor, as well as reciting Kaddish, is the public observance commemorating one’s death.   Yizkor is the appropriate time for personal reflection, and to commit to particular actions or general […]

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Rabbi Akiva Kaddish Story

The mystical book called Sefer Hadoros tells a story of how the great sage Rabbi Akiva was once in a cemetery and noticed a nude man carrying a stack of wood, rushing to go somewhere. Rabbi Akiva said to him, “Stop! If you’re a servant, I can free you, and if you’re a poor man, let me make you […]

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The Power of Kaddish

Reciting Kaddish is one of the most well-known practices that mourners observe as a merit for the ‘neshamah’ (soul) of their departed. Yet, given the obvious fact that there is no mention of death or the departed in Kaddish, we are challenged to understand what the connection is. Rav Meir Shapiro of Lublin (the ‘creator’ […]