kaddish

Alternative Spellings

kadish

Definitions

  • Prayer of mourning; prayer separating parts of the service; lit. "sanctification"

Example Sentences

  • All those who are saying kaddish, please stand.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic

Etymology

קדיש

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Kaddish Shalem (קדיש שלם, full Kaddish); Chatzi Kaddish (חצי קדיש, half Kaddish). The Kaddish is in Aramaic except the last line that is in Hebrew

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