kad·​dish ˈkä-dish How to pronounce kaddish (audio)
plural kaddishes also kaddishim kä-ˈdi-shim How to pronounce kaddish (audio)
often capitalized
: a Jewish prayer recited in the daily ritual of the synagogue and by mourners at public services after the death of a close relative

Examples of kaddish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Backlit by light pouring in through glass bricks, Carell stands solemnly holding a piece of paper his captor printed out for him with the words of the kaddish. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2023 Reading from the Torah and saying certain prayers, including the kaddish, or mourner’s prayer, must take place in a group with a quorum of 10, known as a minyan. Religion News Service, oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 Beale, Godley and Overshown are dressed throughout in mourning suits, which is appropriate for a play that says a kaddish for American capitalism. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 There, around the open grave, additional prayers including a special kaddish, a praise of God, are recited and the casket is lowered. Jonathan D. Sarna, The Conversation, 24 Sep. 2020 In Hallelujah, the group’s kaddish for lost friends, Anderson portrays their lament similarly, using live theater devices that have a metaphysical effect. Armond White, National Review, 1 Apr. 2020 There were not enough people to say kaddish, the prayer for the dead, so the rabbi rang doorbells in the apartment building, looking for worshipers to join them. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 12 July 2019 The two Australian Jews stood side-by-side in the cemetery to recite the kaddish for their deceased siblings. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, 11 July 2018

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Word History


Aramaic qaddīsh holy

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kaddish was in 1613

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“Kaddish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaddish. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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