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If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)?

From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her to say kadish, according to R' Moshe.

But maybe it is only one kaddish and the obligation to say the rest of the kaddish yosom is not on the woman but on the congregation and there is no reason for her to say it.

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  • If you would include why you think either of those is reasonable, that would make this a stronger question.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 14:15
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    I am not sure what you mean by "the obligation to say the rest of the kaddish yosom is not on the woman but on the congregation"? Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 15:24
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    @GershonGold they just cause questions
    – hazoriz
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 15:35
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    -1 Would you tell a man to only say Kaddish once, since it does not feel right that the Minyan has to wait a few times for him to say Kaddish? Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 15:37
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    @DoubleAA: You are taking my point out of context. Yes there is discussion as to whether a man should only say Kaddish once. My point was that a woman should not be held to a different standard than a man. If a Shul would tell a man to only say Kaddish once, yes, then you should tell a woman to only say it once, however if you allow a man to say it multiple times, (which the majority of the Shul's do allow) then why should a woman be different? Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 16:28

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Both the Mishna Brura and the Be'er Heitev in סימן נה - דיני קדיש write that the fewer the better, when it comes to saying Kaddish. This is true whether the person is a man or a woman -- a woman says it as often as a man, i.e. once per Tefilah.

כאשר טוב למעט בברכות כך טוב למעט בקדישין כה''ג ‏

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  • If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 16:25
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    @רבותמחשבות Once (or never if you hold her saying it alone is not Tznuah). The Siddur prints it multiple times for places that have multiple mourners but allow for only one person per Kaddish
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 1:32
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    Surely that means that it shouldn't be said at all? Commented Nov 2, 2023 at 12:00
  • @Moses you have to say it after a public study session. The minimization is to not make repeated small study sessions to be able to say kaddish multiple times. Same reason you don't say a new kaddish after every three psukim in shir shel yom.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 1 at 12:17
  • @DoubleAA I meant that if we're taking "the fewer the better" at face value then 0 would be optimal so clearly it isn't quite as simple as that Commented Mar 2 at 20:22

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