Definition of Kaddish in US English:



  • 1An ancient Jewish prayer sequence regularly recited in the synagogue service, including thanksgiving and praise and concluding with a prayer for universal peace.

    • ‘As modern Jews we recite the Kaddish but do not expect the messiah to come.’
    • ‘Similarly, sacred prayers, such as the Kaddish should not be used as common songs.’
    • ‘By being the chazan, I would not only be able to say the Mourner's Kaddish, but also the additional Kaddish prayers that are interspersed through the services.’
    • ‘The Kaddish is recited at every prayer service, morning and evening, Shabbat and holiday, on days of fasting and rejoicing.’
    • ‘Jewish tradition says that Kaddish is so powerful that the whole world is maintained because of it.’
    1. 1.1 A form of the Kaddish recited for the dead.
      • ‘When a person dies we recite the Kaddish prayer.’
      • ‘The Kaddish prayer, recited after the death of a close relative, is not a prayer for the dead, but rather an affirmation that life is gorgeous, beautiful, fantastic.’
      • ‘In Judaism after people die we say the Kaddish, the memorial prayer, and we do acts of charity for the souls of the deceased.’
      • ‘Jewish law maintains that we are not allowed to say Kaddish or mourn for anyone that is missing.’
      • ‘Though the burial rites she provides for her mother are unconventional, there is finally an important silence, and then the living praise God in the words of the Kaddish.’


From Aramaic qaddīš ‘holy’.