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Why do many non-Orthodox Jews come to shul regularly only after a parent's death?

It's something like that, based on my observations of my local Reform and Conservative communities. What I notice in particular with the Conservative daily minyan is that there are some regulars, some ...
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

You are thinking of the famous saying of chazal (our Rabbis of blessed memory) found in Makkos 23b and famous for being mentioned at the end of Pirkei Avos: רִבִּי חֲנַנְיָא בֶּן עֲקַשְׁיָה אוֹמֵר ...
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Can you say kaddish if some of the 10 people in the minyan are forbidden from answering?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן טו - דיני קדיש וברכו וצרוף עשרה says that as long as there are at least 6 people actually answering, you may say Kaddish, as long as there are 10 adult males above ...
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Why do many non-Orthodox Jews come to shul regularly only after a parent's death?

I wholly agree with Monica's excellent answer, but I would like to point out another phenomenon. Many non-Orthodox Jews go through a portion of their adult lives without giving much thought to ...
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כּרְעוּתֵהּ (with a dagesh in the כּ) or כרְעוּתֵהּ (without the dagesh) in Kaddish?

The general rule is that letters "בגד כפת" do have a dagesh when they appear in the beginning of a word, unless the word follows a word that ends with one of the vowels (אהוי), and there's a ...
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Siyum Masechta Ketana

Rabbi Yechezkel Moskowitz answers that one may make a full "Siyum" on all "Masechtos Ketanos", except for Maseches Derech Eretz (he quotes the Sefer Yoma Tava, Sha'ar 1, Page 23). For the exception ...
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Origins of "Kaddish Yachid"

It can be found where you mentioned in Siddur Rav Amram Gaon. He also brings a barchu l'yachid on next page. For further info and more opinions see the Darkei Moshe Ha'Aruch 59: 3 Text:
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Saying kaddish when davening in a minyan that isn't your nusach

Excerpt from this article: To avoid fights, many places allow all the Avelim (mourners) to say Kaddish (prayer said on behalf of the deceased) together. However, they must say it together word-...
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Why do we say עושה השלום during yamim nora'im?

See here: Siddur Admur [omitted in Shulchan Aruch]; Shaar Hakavanos 190; Peri Eitz Chaim Shaar R”H 7; Kaf Hachaim 582/15; M”E 582/1 and 22 The reason: The Gematria of Hashalom is the same as ...
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How does one say kaddish if he is in the middle of amidah?

One may not interrupt the amida to recite kaddish if one is in the middle of the amida. Rather, one should pause and silently (and attentively) listen to the person who is reciting the kaddish and ...
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Chanuka Kaddish error after Hallel

Based on Rav Eliezer Melamed (Peninei Halacha Tefillah 23:2 fn3) where one said Kaddish Shalem after Tachanun, he quotes Ishei Yisrael 26:5 who says to skip the "Tiskabel line" when Kaddish Shalem ...
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Saying kaddish when davening in a minyan that isn't your nusach

The proper way to do it would be to sa kaddish according to the nussach of the shul. The reason for that being, that "al titosh metoras imecha" does not apply when davining in such a shul (at least ...
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"B'rachamav yaaseh shalom" - origin?

The Nusach is from the Rambam סדר תפילות כל השנה - נסח הקדיש where he says: עשֶֹׁה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו הוּא בְרַחֲמָיו יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל אָמֵן.‏ The Behr Siddur, ...
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Is the Talmud 100% Oral Torah?

As far as the main question is concerned, the Ramban in his debate with Pablo Christiani states (in the beginning of the section entitled "על האגדות") that the corpus of the Torah can be divided into ...
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Why is "titkabel" not in Kaddish Yatom?

See here Citing from סדר טרוייש סימן ב: After I explained that Tiskabel closes out Shemona Esrei, you now understand why the Kaddish recited by a child does not contain the line of Tiskabel and ...
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What is the connection between "sword and ... bow" (Genesis 48:22) with "prayer and ... supplication" (as rendered by Onkelos)?

The targum Yerushalmi reads, "not with my sword nor with my bow, but through my righteousness and my good works. " and this all might be explained by the Gemara in Bava Batra 123a: The baraita ...
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

From https://outorah.org/p/4589/ The Rabbis’ Kaddish (“Kaddish D’Rabbanan”) is recited after a public lecture in the Oral Torah. There is an opinion that the primary practice is to recite this ...
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Why isn't the deceased mentioned in the mourner's kaddish?

Chabad.org gives the normative view of kaddish (my emphasis) While Kaddish is commonly known as the "mourners prayer," a reading of the text reveals that it is not about death or mourning, but ...
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Should one recite Mourner's Kaddish between the daily Psalm and Psalm 27?

In principle you could say Kaddish on just a couple verses, but you don't usually see people stopping after every few lines of the daily Psalm to say Kaddish because the general rule* is to always ...
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Why do many non-Orthodox Jews come to shul regularly only after a parent's death?

This answer is solely based on my own personal experience with no Halachic references available. When my sister died I took it very hard. Closure seemed impossible, because of a tangled web of ...
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Should I answer the kaddish if I'm still at the amidah?

The Shulchan Aruch says that one should not answer to kaddish or kedusha in the middle of amidah. He says that one should stop praying, listen and lechaven and that will be as though one answered. In ...
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Is there such a thing as Kaddish Talmidim?

Perhaps you're thinking of Kaddish d'Rabbanan, whose text includes: עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל רַבָּנָן. וְעַל תַּלְמִידֵיהוֹן וְעַל כָּל תַּלְמִידֵי תַלְמִידֵיהוֹן. וְעַל כָּל מַאן דְּעָסְקִין ...
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Keeping a photograph of the deceased when saying Kaddish

Kaddish is the way in which the Hashem's radiance, partially diminshed through the passing of the departed, is restored. Kaddish is for the Living Remarkably, the Mourner's Kaddish does not ...
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Walking in front of someone saying kaddish

Birkei Yosef (OC 56:9) equates passing in front of one who is saying Kaddish with passing in front of one who is davening the Amidah. He is quoted by the Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi 1, 10), and Sha'arei ...
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Mourning the death of an infant

On this topic, see the important article (Jewish Guidance on the Loss of a Baby or Fetus) by R Jason Weiner (senior rabbi at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles) in Hakirah vol. 23 (here). He writes ...
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Why Kaddish starts after burial and not death?

Well, since Kadish is said by the mourners, and they are exempt from davening, they won't be in shul to say Kadish, and may not even be allowed to say it (same way they cannot daven or bentsch.) That ...
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When to start saying Kaddish

SE! Traditionally, the child or other immediate relative of the departed would be preoccupied with the burial and not expected (or even allowed) to pray until it happens -- assuming there is still ...
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Saying kaddish for a year, years after death

Nitei Gavriel Aveilus2 51:13 & 51:14 brings from the Elef L'Mateh and Shevet Sofer that one would not say past the year of death in such a case.
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לעלם ולעלמי עלמיא - (kaddish) isn't this redundant?

To reformulate my earlier comment into an answer as per the request of @ezra: The phrasing of the kaddish here is most likely taken from דניאל ז:יח (as implied above by @Double AA) עַד עָלְמָא, וְעַד ...
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Nusach Askenaz in siyum kaddish - vayatzmach purkanei?

I have seen Nusach Ashkenaz siyum reciters say "Veyatzmach". According to this article, it seems appropriate for everyone to say it. There are 5 types of Kaddish and the one recited at the end of a ...
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