Meaning of Kaddish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkadɪʃ/


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jewish law maintains that we are not allowed to say Kaddish or mourn for anyone that is missing.’


From Aramaic qaddīš ‘holy’.