Mourner's Kaddish

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The Kaddish prayer is mostly Aramaic, not Hebrew, but the alphabet is the same. There are several forms of the Kaddish prayer recited at different times during religious services. This one is reserved specifically for mourners, and is recited daily for 11 months after a parent's death, then annually on the anniversary of the parent's death on the Hebrew calendar. For more information, see Life, Death and Mourning.

If you would like to hear the Mourner's Kaddish, check out this RealPlayer recording of Cantor Pinchas Rabinovicz chanting Mourner's Kaddish from 613.org, a great source of free traditional audio files. (Please note: This recording uses Ashkenazic pronunciation)

Kaddish

Hebrew
Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba (Cong: Amein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (Cong: Amen.)
Hebrew
b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world that He created as He willed.
Hebrew
v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,
Hebrew
uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,
Hebrew
ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Hebrew
Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)
Hebrew
Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,
Hebrew
v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Hebrew
B'rikh hu.
Blessed is He.
Hebrew
l'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirata
beyond any blessing and song,
Hebrew
toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru:
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Hebrew
Amein
Amen
Hebrew
Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven
Hebrew
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Hebrew
Amein
Amen
Hebrew
Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,
Hebrew
aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Hebrew
Amein
Amen

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