A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven.
Whenever we finish reading the words of the Mourner's Kaddish, we say the words "Zecher tzadik livracha /the memory of the righteous is a blessing." The path of mourning our dead is a purposeful one. By walking a path of mourning, we hope to get ourselves back to living more fully. A crucial part of the Jewish path of mourning is saying the Mourner's Kaddish. We offer four opportunities to say Kaddish at Rodef Sholom weekly: on Friday evenings at 6:15 pm at Shabbat services (as well as 8 pm on the third Friday of the month); on Saturdays at 10:30 am at Shabbat morning services; and on Sunday morning at 9:15 am at the Religious School's tefillah (prayer service).
Additionally, there are four Yizkor (Remembrance) Services throughout the year specifically designated for mourners (new and not-so-new) to gather together, to think about their loved ones and to say Kaddish together. These occur on the last day of the festivals of Sukkot (we also call this day Shemini Atzeret), Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot, as well as on Yom Kippur. For more information about Yom Kippur Yizkor services, click here. For more information about Sukkot, Pesach or Shavuot services, click here.
The Mourner's Kaddish
If you would like to download a copy with the words in Hebrew and English, click here.Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.
B'alma di v'ra chirutei,
uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael,
baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.
Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varach
Yitbarach v'yishtabach v'yitpaar
Oseh shalom bimromav,
EXALTED and hallowed be God's great name
Blessed be God's great name to all eternity.
Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel.
May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel.