Why doesn't Kaddish, a prayer for the sanctification of God's name, not include Hashem's name?

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    Since it is written in Aramaic, the references are indeed there. Nov 5, 2021 at 19:23
  • יתגדל ויתקדש שמיה רבה Dec 7, 2021 at 21:17

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Wikipedia on Kiddush Hashem says:

The instruction "to sanctify [God]" and the converse command "you shall not profane My holy name" is frequently expressed. Any action by a Jew that brings honour, respect, and glory to God is considered to be sanctification of His name.

The objective of Kaddish is to bring about the “sanctification of G-d's name”. Following Wikipedia, this can be achieved by saying the prayer of Kaddish which indeed brings honour, respect, and glory to G-d. The actual mention of one or many of the names of G-d is not needed to achieve that.

Furthermore, Wikipedia on Kaddish says,

Kaddish does not contain God's name. It is said that this is because Kaddish has 26 words, equalling the gematria of the Lord's name itself (י-ה-ו-ה), and the Kaddish text proves that from the very beginning with words "May His great name be exalted and sanctified".

So the Kaddish is a sanctification of the name (for which mention of the name is not necessary) and anyway the name is actually hinted at in the Kaddish.

  • Making a bracha with Hashem's name in it is also a kiddush Hashem. Does somebody now need to ask 'Why is Hashem's name hinted to in kaddish and not stated explicitly?'
    – user6591
    Nov 7, 2021 at 12:45

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