kaddish

noun, often capitalized
kad·​dish | \ˈkä-dish \
plural kaddishes also kaddishim\ kä-​ˈdi-​shim , -​(ˌ)shēm \

Definition of kaddish 

: a Jewish prayer recited in the daily ritual of the synagogue and by mourners at public services after the death of a close relative

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The two Australian Jews stood side-by-side in the cemetery to recite the kaddish for their deceased siblings. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Indeed, the kaddish may be interpreted as our words of comfort to God Himself. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: Teshuvah: God's return to us," 12 Sep. 2017 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Your goal is to mark them in a way that people can come to them with tears in their eyes, come to them as memorials, come to them to say the mourner’s kaddish. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of kaddish

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaddish

Aramaic qaddīsh holy

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