Definitions for kaddishˈkɑ dɪʃ; kɑˈdɪʃ ɪm
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kad•dish*ˈkɑ dɪʃ; kɑˈdɪʃ ɪm(n.)(pl.)kad•di•shim
a liturgical prayer glorifying God that is recited during each of the daily services.
a form of this prayer recited by mourners.
* Judaism.(often cap.).
Origin of kaddish:
1605–15; < Aramaic qaddīsh holy (one)
A Jewish prayer recited during services, and when mourning the death of a close relative.
Origin: From קדיש, from קדיש
Kaddish is a hymn of praises to God found in the Jewish prayer service. The central theme of the Kaddish is the magnification and sanctification of God's name. In the liturgy different versions of the Kaddish are used functionally as separators between sections of the service. The term "Kaddish" is often used to refer specifically to "The Mourner's Kaddish", said as part of the mourning rituals in Judaism in all prayer services, as well as at funerals and memorials. When mention is made of "saying Kaddish", this unambiguously refers to the rituals of mourning. Mourners say Kaddish to show that despite the loss they still praise God. The opening words of this prayer are inspired by Ezekiel 38:23, a vision of God becoming great in the eyes of all the nations. The central line of the Kaddish in Jewish tradition is the congregation's response: יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא, a public declaration of God's greatness and eternality. This response is an Aramaic translation of the Hebrew "ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד", which is to be found in the Jerusalem Targum, and is similar to the wording of Daniel 2:20.
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