What is Kaddish?
Kaddish is one of the most recognized prayers in Jewry. Most people encounter Kaddish after losing a loved one. They may hear from a rabbi or a friend that they should, “Say Kaddish.”
But what exactly is Kaddish?
Kaddish is a prayer that praises G-d, and concludes with a plea for universal peace. It is said for the first year of mourning, in a synagogue, with a quorum. Recognizing G-d’s infinite kindness at this sensitive crossroad is a powerful affirmation of faith. It is a source of great merit for the deceased, and helps alleviate your pain while grieving.
Why should I recite Kaddish?
Kaddish transforms your sense of loss and helplessness into ongoing connection and meaning. At the same time, it adds purpose and substance
to the memory of the deceased. Jewish belief also maintains that the deceased is comforted with the knowledge that others are carrying on the eternal flame of Jewish tradition. When Kaddish is said for your loved one, you are connecting – to G-d, to yourself, and to the deceased.
Can someone say Kaddish for me?
It is best if you can say Kaddish yourself. However, if you are unable to or uncertain if you can recite Kaddish regularly, you can still affirm your faith and love by having Kaddish said in your place.
NASCK partners with a select group of scholars living in Israel, arranging Kaddish for your loved one when needed. We offer Kaddish for a year, a reminder and Kaddish on the Yahrtzeit (anniversary of the loss) or a combination of both. Please see below to arrange for someone to say Kaddish for your loved one.
Below are some Kaddish resources:
Mourner’s Kaddish with English transliteration (Ashkenazic tradition)
“Rabbi’s” Kaddish with English transliteration (Ashkenazic tradition)
Kaddish said at time of burial with English transliteration (Ashkenazic tradition)
Can’t say Kaddish? Want to have a backup, in case you miss a day? Please fill out the form, and we’ll arrange Kaddish for you.