Category: What is Kaddish?

Some articles to help you understand the basics, history, and power of Kaddish.

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 their loss they still praise… Read more →

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 wealthy.” The man replied, “Please, rabbi,… Read more →

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’ of the Daf Yomi program)… Read more →

Kaddish: A Brief History

Origins Parts of the prayer’s text originate as far back as the First Century B.C.E. It was written in Aramaic, the most commonly spoken language amongst Jews in that time, with the intention that everyone should be able to understand the text.   Kaddish first started being said in Jewish houses of study (batei midrash) after a rabbi and teacher gave a Torah… Read more →