Mourner's Kaddish

Kaddish, also known as the "Mourner's Prayer," is said in honor of the deceased. This prayer focuses on life, promise and honor of family and individuals of the Jewish faith.

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Reciting Kaddish

Kaddish has been said for nearly 2,000 years to honor and commemorate parents and loved ones who have passed away. Kaddish must be said in a quorum of 10, which is called a minyan. Before saying Kaddish, a portion of the Torah must be read. Reciting the Mourner's Kaddish is one of Judaism’s greatest mitzvahs, a true act of kindness. The recognized prayer is said in the Jewish faith and is one of its fundamental traditions – a beautiful prayer that reflects on life, tradition and family.

Traditionally, the Kaddish is said daily for 11 months after the passing of a parent, and again on the Yahrzeit, the anniversary of the passing of your loved one. Many in the Jewish faith try to adhere to this time-honored tradition and recite the Kaddish in accordance with their Jewish beliefs. Unfortunately, there may be instances where an individual is not able to recite the prayer. According to the Torah, all Jews are one, so if and when needed, a Jew may recite the Kaddish for another individual in these instances.

View the Mourner's Kaddish as provided by the Central Conference of American Rabbis below:

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