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Aramaic prayer for the sanctification of God's name; often recited by mourners

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Saying kaddish when davening in a minyan that isn't your nusach

I have been to many minyanim where people are saying kaddish of a variety of nuschaot. What should one do with regards to this? Some examples: In a sephardi minyan, should an ashkenazi person remain ...
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Saying Kaddish for A Friend [duplicate]

What is the halacha on saying Kaddish for a friend? It is my understanding that this is not typically done but that there is some precedent for it to occur. Thank you for your replies.
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Kamatz and shva in words with ayin-lamed-mem root in Kaddish

There are several words in the Kaddish with the root "עלם" and a kamatz under the ayin, and a shva under the lamed, such as: בְּעָלְמָא , וּלְעָלְמֵי , עָלְמַיָּא. My intuition tells me that ...
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Why is the last bereita in Avot often said before Kaddish?

In many minyanim I have attended there is often some form of torah learning after prayers have been completed and then someone (usually the teacher conducting the learning) will recite the last ...
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Saying Kaddish for a Talmid chacham/rebbe muvhak

Is there a particular interest, either by Halacha or minhag, for Jews to recite the mourner’s Kaddish for a Talmid chacham, especially their rebbe Muvhak? My understanding is it is permitted to ...
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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

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 ...
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Yisgadal or Yisgadel?

I've noticed that some people, when reciting kaddish, pronounce the first words as "yisgadal v'yiskadash" with a patach under the dalet of both words, while others say "yisgadel v'yisgadesh" with a ...
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Gravesite Kaddish

I have noticed at funerals that some people face the grave while saying Kaddish and at others face a different direction. Is there a reason for it for both ways?
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Virtual online Minyan for daily Kaddish?

I haven't been observant in almost 20 years, but recent events make me yearn to say Kaddish for those who died on October 7th, and for those IDF soldiers that are dying now. For various reasons, and ...
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Mourner that misses Kaddish

A mourner who is having an operation, or travelling, or any other reason that makes it impossible for him to say Kaddish at a particular Tefila. Is there anything the mourner should do to make up for ...
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Kammatz katan in Kaddish

In the Kaddish, the words בעלמא, לעלם, ולעלמי, עלמיא are all related to the Hebrew word עולם, from which I conclude that in each of those four words, the kammatz vowel below the ע is a kammatz katan ...
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When do you interrupt to answer Kaddish?

Often I find myself in the middle of some part of davening when the chazzan starts saying kaddish. Should I interrupt to answer or does it depend on which part of davening I am holding?
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Kadesh while catching up [duplicate]

Many times while davening I will fall slightly behind and kadesh will start while I am still in middle of a paragraph. Should I answer or continue davening (or just answer and continue davening, ...
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Two Yahrtzeits One for Mother one for Father who comes First

All other things being equal Halachically, if you have two people with Yahrtzeits one for a mother and one for a father, who has priority with regards to getting an Aliyah (and/or davening for the ...
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Missing Traditional Half-Kaddish Melodies

In his article "How Music Articulates Liturgical Structure, Meaning, and Perception: The Kaddish" published in the recent volume of the Journal of Synagogue Music (vol. 47 no. 1), Dr. Boaz ...
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Hatzi Kaddish, Kedushah and Barekhu for individual

"Furthermore, in his influential siddur Seder Avodat Yisrael (Rodelheim , 1868, pp. 120-121), Rabbi Yitzhak Baer provides private prayers for those who missed Hatzi Kaddish, Barekhu and Kedushah, ...
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Saying kaddish for a distant relative when a closer one is alive but will not say kaddish

What do the sources say about saying kaddish in a situation where a non-blood relative passed away. Closer relatives are alive but are unlikely to say kaddish.
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Is there any particular reason we do Kaddish so often?

I know repetition is at the center of Judaism: we say shema and do the amida everyday, remember important events every year etc. The question is particularly about Kaddish, is there any reason we ...
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How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?

There is discussion here on MY about saying Kaddish for parents and also some discussion on Kaddish for a sister. One place on the Chabad website states that Kaddish should be said for 30 days for a ...
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Does a convert say kaddish for his parents when they pass? [duplicate]

Does a convert say kaddish for his parents when they pass? If yes is this limited to a Jewish parent (father) or does this include a non Jewish parent? If it does include a non-Jewish parent would it ...
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Kaddish Nusach Ashkenaz person waits for additions of Nusach Edos Hamizrach

A synagogue follows Nusach Ashkenaz (NA). For Kaddish Yosom, there are people who would normally daven Nusach Edos Hamizrach (NEM). The NA people stop their kaddish where necessary to let the NEM ...
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Listening to the responses to kaddish before resuming

You are saying Kaddish (either as shaliach tzibbur, or because your are chayiv). You come to "v'imru amen", and the minyan responds "y'hei shmei rabbah...". When do you say your ...
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Why doesn't Kaddish include Hashem's name?

Why doesn't Kaddish, a prayer for the sanctification of God's name, not include Hashem's name?
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If Shechina never left the kotel hamaravi can one male Jew say kaddish alone standing in front of the kotel?

If the Shechina never left the kotel hamaravi and if the reason we need a minyan of 10 frum Jewish men to say kaddish is for the Shechina to be present: Why can't a Jew say kaddish alone standing in ...
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לעלם ולעלמי עלמיא - (kaddish) isn't this redundant?

The Artscroll interlinear Siddur translates the words לעלם ולעלמי עלמיא - forever and for all eternity. Don't "forever" and "for eternity" mean the same thing? What is the simple ...
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May one say kaddish for a non-Jew?

I have read that Jews recited kaddish on behalf of Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated. What is the halachic basis for this and has kaddish ever been said en-masse on behalf of other non-Jews?
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

I've recently moved to a new area and the Shul that I now attend will often give a vort at the end of Shacharit and Maariv before allowing mourners to say another Kaddish. I've never heard it before ...
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Is a second kaddish recited on Yom Tob when there is only 1 Sefer Torah in the shul?

In a shul that has only 1 sefer Torah, is a second Kaddish recited on Yom Tob when finishing reading the second Torah portion for the day?
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Kaddish before Haftarah on Tish'ah beAv Morning

R. Akiva Eger (on Shulchan Aruch 559:3) cogently argues that one should never recite kaddish between maftir and haftarah, as such an interruption would mean that one does not fulfill the requirement ...
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Saying kaddish for a year, years after death

Someone found out that their grandmother, who passed away 7 years ago, didn't have anyone that said kaddish for her for the year after her passing. Is there any inyun now to say kaddish for a year (...
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Origin of Kaddish Nusach ויצמח פורקניה ויקרב משיחיה

What is the halachic reasoning for adding/deleting this line to the Kaddish? Is it unique to just Nusach Sefard and Edot HaMizrach? It seems to also be near universal amongst Dati Leumi minyanim in ...
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Invalidating a minyan

Hypothetical case -- I am within my year of saying kaddish and am on a business trip. I am in a very small and unfamiliar shul waiting for a minyan and in walks someone from my town who has been ...
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Why is "titkabel" not in Kaddish Yatom?

According to this write up of the development of the various forms of Kaddish, the Kaddish began in Second Temple times as what we now call the "half-Kaddish." Then a section was added for the Rabbis (...
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Why K"Yatom and not K"Derobonnon?

In my Artscroll Siddur Yitzchak Yair Hashalem, after the section called Vayiten L'cha there is a small piece of instruction: בכמה קהילות אמרים כאן קדיש יתום In some congregations [people] say here ...
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When to start saying Kaddish

In terms of halacha and minhag, when can one start saying kaddish for someone who has passed. Only after the burial?
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To which tzadik was revealed the melodies of the Beis Hamikdash

I recall hearing that a certain tzadik - I think it was the Maharal - was revealed to him the tunes from the Beis Hamikdash and we now use these tunes for Rosh Hashanah such as the tune for Yisgadal. ...
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Women saying kadish

Why do some people hold a woman should not say kadish? She's not singing so it shouldn't be Kol Isha, and if she's behind a mechitza it shouldn't be a tzniut problem.
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Correct pronunciation of Kaddish

The opening two words of Kaddish begin with the words: יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ Both the gimmel and the dalet of 'Yisgadal' carry a dagesh as does the dalet in 'veyiskadash' - normally a function ...
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Saying Kaddish in a smelly place

A funeral of my distant relative was held at Ofra cemetery (in Israel) which is close to the local cowsheds (probably on purpose). The smell was hardly bearable but I needed to say Kaddish (Yatom), as ...
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Source for Kaddish

I think this may be a very common question (but not for me). Can someone please tell me how did the text of Kaddish first compiled?
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What does וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ in Kaddish mean?

There are some versions that have it with "Vikarev Mishichei" following the "Viyamlich Malchuse", and that seems to mean that the Kaddish is a prayer for Moshiach(?) myJewishLearning.com it has ...
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Kaddish Without Minyan

Can you ever say Kaddish without a Minyan?
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Reasons for standing for kaddish

Generally most people stand up to say and to respond to kaddish. Why do we do this? Is there anyone with a minhag to sit for either saying or responding to kaddish and the reason behind doing so?
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Origins of "Kaddish Yachid"

I was recently introduced to the concept of a "Kaddish Yachid," attributed to Rav Amram Gaon. A few fairly unreliable sources online discuss it as some form of a stand-in for when Kaddish can't be ...
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To say Kaddish if known the person has gone to Gan Eden

This story https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1819358/tzaddik-of-bnei-brak-appears-in-dream-to-fellow-kovno-ghetto-survivor-im-already-in-gan-eden.html Got me thinking ...
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Ashkenazic vs Sephardic Kaddish

1 - The Sephardic Kaddish has this extra line near the beginning: וְיַצְמַח פֻּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ -- May His salvation blossom and His Messiah be near. The Ashkenazic Kaddish omits ...
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Kaddish during Aseres Yimei Teshuvah: why "לעילא [ו]לעילא" instead of "לעילא"?

During the Aseres Yimei Teshuvah, when Kaddish is recited we say "לעילא [ו]לעילא" instead of the usual "לעילא." Why is this so? What's the reason for this practice and where did it originate?
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Why is there no Kaddish after Torah reading at mincha on a fast day?

Every Torah reading is followed by half Kaddish, except for Shabbat and fast day mincha. Mishnah Berurah #4 on O.C. 292:1 says that on Shabbat and fast days we don't say Kaddish after Torah reading ...
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Is the Talmud 100% Oral Torah?

I've been taught that the Oral Torah was passed from generation to generation from Moshe Rabbeinu. And I've also heard that the Talmud is basically a recollection of Oral Torah. This would suggest ...
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Siyum Masechta Ketana

When I celebrate my completion of a minor tractate (e.g. Masechet Derech Eretz or Kutim or Gerim), should I say Hadran and/or Kaddish at my Siyyum (party)?

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