Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My Kaddish


The following is a text of the Kaddish prayer, which is repeated many times each day during the synagogue services:

Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will.

May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.


This prayer is associated with bereavement, however it is actually one of the most often recited Jewish prayers in general. It makes no reference to mourning, but rather it is a prayer fervently asking that people should glorify and praise God. This is a Jew’s greatest wish – that all mankind will recognize the sovereignty of God and love Him wholeheartedly.

This blog is my own small effort to bring that about.

It is mindboggling that some other "Jews", raised in Orthodox homes, are busily writing articles attempting to accomplish the opposite – to persuade people to deny God or to hate Him.

5 comments:

DrJ said...

It is a beautiful prayer, but...

Calculate yourself how many times it has been said, multiply by the number of people who have said it for thousands of years. A few billion kadishes maybe?

Yet. it doesn't seem to have worked, in any world that I know of.

The Raz said...

In an odd way Mr. Stein, I like this post. Granted its uncontroversial content won't illicit the kind of comment bomb you usually encourage, nonetheless, well said and very sincere. I'm enjoying this moment on your blog, fully knowing its brevity is inevitable. Well done sir and have a good Monday.

jewish philosopher said...

And how many times it has been said and then afterwards those same people went ahead and behaved in way which contradicts what they had just said.

The Raz said...

See now you ruined the moment! Oh well, I never said I would assist you in your cause, nor did I agree with your views at large, but in the microscopic scope that is this ONE specific entry, I understand and appreciate your cause, at least at its very basic. Our disagreements, besides the vast difference in conclusions, has always been more about how you go about realizing your goal, what you profess, how you treat people and how you present it.

If it is any consolation, I’ve had my share of Ortho backlash in my e-mail box, almost as if I were the polar opposite of what occurs here. People sometimes miss my humor but I guess that where the phrase “lost in translation” came from, because it is hard to understand tone and intention in written communication.

You keep preaching G-d and his mission of wiping the earth clear of all homosexuality and atheism at any and all costs. I’ll continue preaching my perspective, things are complicated, it’s a whole new world and sometimes our leader’s mistakes.

The Raz said...

"it’s a whole new world and sometimes our leader’s mistakes"= leader's make mistakes, get it! (dry humor for those that missed it)
okay last post for the day promise. And thanks Jacob for posting my comments. Much appreciated.