Kaddish, also known as the "Mourner's Prayer," is said in honor of the deceased. This prayer is spoken collectively and serves as an affirmation of Jewish faith as well as a reminder that no mourner is alone in their grief.

Reciting Kaddish

Kaddish has been said for nearly 2,000 years to honor and commemorate parents who have passed away. Today, some recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for the deceased of other familial relations as well. It is one of the most widely recognized prayers of the Jewish faith and is one of its fundamental customs, reflecting on life, tradition and family. Reciting the Mourner's Kaddish is one of Judaism’s greatest mitzvahs, or good deeds.

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. Traditionally, the Kaddish is said daily for 11 months after the passing of a parent, and again on the Yahrzeit, the anniversary of their passing. Many in the Jewish faith try to adhere to this time-honored tradition and recite the Kaddish in accordance with their Jewish beliefs. For those who are unable to recite the prayer, another Jewish individual may do so in their place as, according to the Torah, all Jews are one.

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

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