Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wisdom Wednesdays - Kaddish

(Photo: ehow.com)  - Notice the small stones sitting on the graves.

The wisdom of our Jewish traditions always amaze and comfort me.  It is traditional to say the following prayer, called Kaddish, beside the grave at a funeral:  

May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified
 in the world that He created as He willed.
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,
 and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,
 swiftly and soon. 
Now say:  Amen. 
May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.
 Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,
 mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One
 Blessed is He.beyond any blessing and song,
 praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say: Amen.
 May there be abundant peace from Heaven
 and life upon us and upon all Israel.
Now say: Amen.
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,
 May there be abundant peace from Heaven
 and life upon us and upon all Israel.
 Now say: Amen.
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,
upon us and upon all Israel.
 Now say: Amen.


I find this comforting because it takes the focus off one's grief, and puts the focus on worshiping and praising G-d.   The Scriptures tell us to "put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness"  and this prayer helps us do just that.

Another Jewish custom is to put rocks or stones on the gravestones of loved ones.  This is done because flowers fade away, but a stone remains forever,  as do our memories of the ones we love.

My husband, Rabbi Jem, said this prayer at the graveside when my mother was buried a month ago.  We will continue to say it yearly, on the anniversary of her death.   We are also comforted with the hope of seeing her again one day in heaven.

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1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry it took so long for me to say Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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