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Text of the Mourner's Kaddish

Kaddish Transliterated  [Ed. note: the correct pronunciation for "ch" sounds like "ch" in the word Challah or...

May I say Kaddish even if I am not part of a minyan?

Question: If there is not enough men for a minyan, I can't say Kaddish. Does this mean the G-d won't listen to my Kaddish if I say it without a...

How should a mourner tear his or her clothing (kriah)?

Tearing clothing is part of the Jewish mourning process. It satisfies an emotional need on the part of the mourner and represents the torn heart...

What is the purpose of reciting Kaddish for a departed family member?

Although the kaddish itself, a prayer glorifying G-d's name, makes no mention of death or mourning, it has become the accepted practice for...

What it is the Jewish approach to mourning?

In the immediate aftermath of death there are two extremely important concerns: respectful care for the deceased, and appropriate conditions for the...

For whom does one sit Shivah?

Shivah, a set of rules for mourning (including the mourner's Kaddish), only applies to the passing of an immediate family member. Immediate...

What is Shivah?

Shivah, literally translated as "seven", refers to the seven-day mourning period following the death of an immediate family member....

What is the significance of the 30th day of mourning (shloshim)?

Question: My mother died a month ago. What is the significance of the 'shloshim', and what is the significance of it being the 30th day of...

"Why do we mention "the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem" when offering condolences to an individual mourning a personal loss?

(Ed. note: the following was translated from a letter of condolences sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to (then) General Arial Sharon upon the untimely and...

A Lone Gunman

I heard the news while driving on campus. It was early afternoon and between classes. Outside my car windows I saw hundreds of innocent looking students...