My good friend, a man of G-d named Paul DePartee, and I were ruminating individually on this Jewish Liturgical prayer this past week… it is both beautiful and soul stirring, I hope it becomes a part of your life as it has ours and our people’s:

Yit’gadal v’yit’kadash sh’mei raba (Cong: Amein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (`Cong: Amen.)

b’al’ma di v’ra khir’utei
in the world that He created as He willed.

v’yam’likh mal’khutei b’chayeikhon uv’yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv’chayei d’khol beit yis’ra’eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba’agala uviz’man kariv v’im’ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:

Amein. Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varakh l’alam ul’al’mei al’maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)

Yit’barakh v’yish’tabach v’yit’pa’ar v’yit’romam v’yit’nasei
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,

v’yit’hadar v’yit’aleh v’yit’halal sh’mei d’kud’sha
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One

B’rikh hu.
Blessed is He.

l’eila min kol bir’khata v’shirara
beyond any blessing and song,

toosh’b’chatah v’nechematah, da’ameeran b’al’mah, v’eemru:
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say:


Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven

v’chayim aleinu v’al kol yis’ra’eil v’im’ru
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:


Oseh shalom bim’romav hu ya’aseh shalom
May He Who authors peace in His heights, may He make peace,

aleinu v’al kol Yis’ra’eil v’im’ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:


The Mourners Kaddish is one of several Holy prayers (Kaddish is aramaic for Holy) that are conducted responsively in a congregation setting on the Jewish day of rest. Usually the Mourners Kaddish is the most frequently chanted of the Kaddish prayers. It functions as a way for the community to reflect on those who have recently gone the way of their people (passed away) or who are terminally ill.  It is also used to invoke the name of G-d for His perfect Shalom (peace). “May He Who authors peace in His heights, may He make peace, upon us and upon all Israel.” The Prayer is based off of Ezekiel 38:23 and Daniel 2:20.