Thursday, January 10, 2008

11 Months of Kaddish

וְ עַ תָּ֕ ה   יִ גְֿ דַּ ל ־ נָ ֖א   כֹּ ֣חַ   Δ׳֑
כַּ אֲ שֶׁ ֥ר   דִּ בַּ ֖רְ תָּ   לֵ א מֹֽ ר ׃

זְ כֹֿ ר ־ רַ חֲ מֶ י֣ ךָֿ   Ƶ֭׳   וַ חֲ סָ דֶֿ י֑ ךָֿ
כִּ ֖י   מֵ ע וֹ לָ ֣ם   הֵ ֽמָּ ה ׃

And now, let Lord's power grow great,
as you said...

(Bemidbar 14:17)

Remember your compassion, God, and your kindness,
for they have always been.

(Tehillim 25:6)

God is Great.
God is Transcendent.
God is Beyond.

There is no mention of death in Kaddish.
No mention of the dead.

It's all about God.

God is Greater Than All Songs.
God is Greater Than All Praise.
God is Greater Than All Words.

Why do mourners say Kaddish?

God is Greater Than All Consolations.

Kaddish is an act of faith.
Kaddish is a declaration of hope.

Even when life sucks, God is Great.
Even when life sucks, God is Greater.

When life sucks,
עִמּוֹ אָנֹכִֿי בְֿצָרָה.

יִתְֿגַּדַּל וְיִתְֿקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא...


Anonymous Anonymous said...


(Or, as you would spell it, Amein.)

1/09/2008 11:56 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Wow, has it been 11 months already?

Yasher koach.

1/10/2008 9:36 AM  
Blogger Elie said...

Just as the commencement of saying kaddish gave you comfort, so may its conclusion. Hamakom yenachem.

1/10/2008 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Kaddish is actually an amazing prayer - perhaps unique. I read it as a prayer not to God, but a prayer for God. We pray that His name be exalted and sanctified.

And what an amazing concept that we davka say kaddish when we are mourning. For we realize that when we are lacking, so must He be...

1/10/2008 12:05 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...



i find it interesting that all of the דברים שבקדושה — Barekhu, Kaddish, and the core of Qedusha — refer to God only in third person; they address the rest of the community, and not God directly.

1/15/2008 8:33 AM  

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