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What are the 11 months of Kaddish?

From the unaffiliated Jew to the affiliated, the death of a loved one brings on feelings of despair and sorrow. If it were possible, we would relish the opportunity to do any act of kindness for our departed loved one.

Fortunately, during this difficult time, our Holy Torah has given us the opportunity to elevate their souls by reciting the Kaddish Prayer in their merit. This prayer is recited for eleven months three times a day, after the death of a parent (Rema 376:4). For a sibling, spouse or child we say Kaddish for 1 month. Notably, some say that for one who was not Shomer Shabbos (observed the Sabbath), 12 months of Kaddish should be said.

While this prayer is recited by mourner, the Kaddish prayer does not contain any mention of death or despair. Rather, this prayer focuses on ascribing greatness and faith in our creator. At a time one our loved one enters into a new world, by reciting the Kaddish prayer, we are reinforcing our bond with our creator. We know that our Creator holds the reigns, and this gives us hope in uncertain times.

For thousands of years, Jews have been honoring their deceased by reciting the Kaddish prayer, as this powerful prayer elevates the soul of your loved ones.


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