I just heard that Kaddish is said for only 100 years after someone dies. Has anyone else heard this opinion and does anyone know why? This situation occurred as my grandmothers 100 yaherzeit is coming up and i was told you don't say Kaddish for more than 99 years.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! Could you please edit the body of this post to have a more fleshed-out version of the question? Where did you hear of this concept? What do you know about kaddish that makes you wonder about this idea? etc.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 21:19
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    Do you mean Yahrtzeits? Maybe the rule is there because otherwise we'd say Kaddish every day for our ancestors' Yahrtzeits. Every day is some ancestor's Yahrtzeit by now. @ezra
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 21:21
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    @DoubleAA isn't that why we never say tachanun, because it's always some rebbe's yahrzeit?
    – Alex
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:04
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    @alex I don't know who you mean by "we" but they clearly wouldn't be following traditional Judaism which hadn't obsolesced Tachanun even after the death of 1.2 million prophets seemingly on every day of the year
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:07
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    @DoubleAA B.B. 12a חכם עדיף מנביא
    – Alex
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:21

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It is sometimes quoted that Kadish and / or Yahrtzeit are not kept longer than 50 (not 100) years after the deceased's passing. Yet, The ספר ציץ אליעזר חלק יד' סימן עה, סעיף ב and ספר ציוני הלכה הלכות אבלות - Authored by הרב בן ציון הכהן קוק - in the name of R' Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, and R' Ovadia Yosef ספר חזון עובדיה על הלכות אבלות חלק ג' (עמודים רלז-רלח) all say that Kaddish and Yohrzeit are kept for even much longer.

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