MOURNERS’ KADDISH

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according  to His will.

May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

 

The Kaddish is recited, in public  only, when there is a minyan  present, at the synagogue every morning and evening. It is recited for eleven months and a day. It’s not a law but a custom. It’s a Jew’s way of expressing their respect and love for the departed. And it is expected of them by their parents, whether they are observant or not.                                          Not a word about the deceased or about death. Rather it is a doxology, an elaborate glorification of God. The prayer is in Aramaic rather than Hebrew. whereas Jews normally mutter their prayers silently, this prayer is said aloud.

The Kaddish is in praise of the greatness of God, it is said aloud , it is said by the mourners only in a public service -indicates its true meaning and significance.

The mourner is making a public affirmation of his faith in God even though he has just been deprived of someone who is near and dear to him. Since Jew’s do not believe in the “after life”- he lives  on in his children and in the memory of his family and friends and all those who knew him.

It’s difficult for me now that “our” friends are no longer near by or left on this planet! I want to remember the me that developed from the us. I want to remember him.