noun, often capitalized
kad·​dish | \ ˈkä-dish How to pronounce kaddish (audio) \
plural kaddishes also kaddishim\ kä-​ˈdi-​shim How to pronounce kaddish (audio) , -​(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

Examples of kaddish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 During this time the kaddish, or Jewish prayer for the... Tevi Troy, WSJ, 19 Mar. 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 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, 29 Mar. 2017 See More

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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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18 Apr 2022

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“Kaddish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaddish. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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