- (italics) a liturgical prayer, consisting of three or six verses, recited at specified points during each of the three daily services and on certain other occasions.
- (italics) Also called Mourner's Kaddish. the five-verse form of this prayer that is recited at specified points during each of the three daily services by one observing the mourning period of 11 months, beginning on the day of burial, for a deceased parent, sibling, child, or spouse, and by one observing the anniversary of such a death.
- Kaddishim, persons who recite this prayer.
Origin of Kaddish
Examples from the Web for kaddish
(Maariv, p.1, NRG Hebrew) Palestinian youth says kaddish for a Holocaust survivor?Israel Promises Universal Draft Bill By May
April 8, 2013
There was not even one of her kin to say the first Kaddish over her resting-place.
I spoke the only Kaddish for her soul, but we, after all, were complete strangers to her!
Selig made no reply, he only gazed at his Kaddish with a beaming face.
Only no one may say Kaddish for me, no one may pray for the repose of my soul.Ghetto Tragedies
When they leave, the dying man teaches his son how to say "Kaddish" for his soul when he is dead.The Spirit of the Ghetto
- an ancient Jewish liturgical prayer largely written in Aramaic and used in various forms to separate sections of the liturgy. Mourners have the right to recite some of these in public prayer during the year after, and on the anniversary of, a death
- say Kaddish to be a mourner
Word Origin and History for kaddish
"doxology of the Jewish ritual," 1610s, from Aramaic qaddish "holy, holy one," from stem of q'dhash "was holy," ithqaddash "was sanctified," related to Hebrew qadhash "was holy," qadhosh "holy." According to Klein, the name probably is from the second word of the text veyithqaddash "and sanctified be."