Mourner's Kaddish

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The Kaddish prayer is mostly Aramaic, not Hebrew, but the alphabet is the same, and the language is similar. For example, you'll see the Aramaic word shlama, which is related to shalom (peace) in Hebrew, and the response b'rikh hu, which is related to the Hebrew barukh hu (blessed is He).

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.

There are several communal responses in this prayer. The parts that are recited by both the mourner and the congregation are highlighted in yellow.


יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא
Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified
בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵהּ
b'alma di vra khirutei
in the world that He created as He willed.
וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ
v'yamlikh malkhutei
May He give reign to His kingship
בְּחַיֵּיכוֹן וּבְיוֹמֵיכוֹן
b'chayeikhon uvyomeikhon
in your lifetimes and in your days
וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל
uv'chayei d'khol beit Yisra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,
בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ
ba'agala uvizman kariv v'imru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:
יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ
Y'hei shmei raba m'varakh
May His great Name be blessed
לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא
l'alam ul'almei almaya
forever and ever and ever
יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר
Yitbarakh v'yishtabach v'yitpa'ar
Blessed and praised and glorified
וְיִתְרוֹמַם וְיִתְנַשֵּׂא
v'yitromam v'yitnasei
and exalted and extolled
וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל
v'yit-hadar v'yit-aleh v'yit-halal
and mighty and upraised, and lauded
שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא
sh'mei d'kud'sha
be the Name of the Holy One
בְּרִיךְ הוּא
B'rikh hu.
Blessed is He.
לְעֵֽלָּא מִן כָּל בִּרְכָתָא וְשִׁירָתָא
l'eila min kol birkhata v'shirata
beyond any blessing and song
תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא
tooshb'chatah v'nechematah
praise and consolation
דַּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא, וְאִמְרוּ
da'ameeran b'almah, v'eemru:
that are uttered in the world. Now say:
יְהֵא שְׁלָמָא רַבָּא מִן שְׁמַיָּא
Y'hei shlama raba min sh'maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven
וְחַיִּים עָלֵֽינוּ
v'chayim aleinu
and life upon us
וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ
v'al kol Yisra'eil v'imru
and upon all Israel. Now say:
עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו
Oseh shalom bimromav
He Who makes peace in His heights
הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם
hu ya'aseh shalom
may He make peace
עָלֵֽינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ
aleinu v'al kol Yisra'eil v'imru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:

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