(redirected from Mourner's Kaddish)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


n. Judaism
A prayer recited in the daily synagogue services and by mourners after the death of a close relative.

[From Aramaic qaddiš, holy, sacred, from qədaš, to become holy, be sacred (so called after the first words of the prayer); see qdš in Semitic roots.]


n, pl Kaddishim (kæˈdɪʃɪm)
1. (Judaism) 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
2. (Judaism) say Kaddish to be a mourner
[C17: from Aramaic qaddīsh holy]


(ˈkɑ dɪʃ)

n., pl. kad•di•shim (kɑˈdɪʃ ɪm)
Judaism. (often cap.)
1. a liturgical prayer glorifying God that is recited during each of the daily services.
2. a form of this prayer recited by mourners.
[1605–15; < Aramaic qaddīsh holy (one)]
References in periodicals archive ?
Stargazy, Mourner's Kaddish and death reviewed at a distance of two years, set a melancholy tone followed by Unmaking Atoms and another goodbye.
The British Chief Rabbi is encouraging women who wish to recite the Mourner's Kaddish for loved ones to do so, reported Jewish News.
Because his father had introduced him years earlier to Reform Judaism, Goldblatt could only imperfectly recite the mourner's Kaddish in Aramaic and, although impressed with the mystical and powerful sounds of the language, its meaning remained elusive.
And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish prayer.
He wasn't technically my family memberyetwhen he died, so the rituals that most Jews know, from saying the Mourner's Kaddish to lighting yahrzeit candles, didn't necessarily apply to me.
A mourner's Kaddish will be held in March at Good Samaritan Chapel in Eugene.
In "Kaddish," Ginsberg models just this sort of hybridized spiritual practice, rewriting the traditional Jewish form of the mourner's kaddish handed down to him with generous sprinklings of alternative cultural ritual practices:
A particular version of the Kaddish, which came to be termed Mourner's Kaddish, or Kaddish yatom (literally: orphan's Kaddish), first came into use during the thirteenth century as a prayer to be recited by close relatives of someone who has died, particularly (although not exclusively) by children of the departed.
12) Written in Aramaic, the Kaddish exists in four forms: the Whole Kaddish, the Half Kaddish, the Kaddish de-Rabbanan ("the scholars' Kaddish"), and the most widely known, the Mourner's Kaddish, which, designed for responsive reading, reads:
to know I recited the mourner's Kaddish, though he wasn't
A special Shabbat service that will include the traditional Jewish prayer in remembrance of the dead - the Mourner's Kaddish - will start at 9:30 a.
More precisely, he writes of his adherence to the year-long Jewish ritual that includes a daily recitation of the mourner's kaddish, or prayer, at synagogue.