Kaddish (Mourner’s Prayer)
The Mourner’s KaddishA prayer describing God’s greatness and power that separates the various parts of the service. There is a special mourners Kaddish. is said during the three daily prayer services, in the presence of a minyan(pl. Minyanim) – The 10 Jews that form the quorum required for a full prayer service. (quorum of ten adult members), during the eleven months following the death of a parent or close relative, and on the YahrzeitThe anniversary of a loved one’s death. It is customary to attend services and recite Kaddish on this day., or anniversary of the death of a parent or close relative. The date for observing a Yahrzeit is its date in the Hebrew calendar, beginning with the evening service, and continuing on through the following morning and afternoon services.
A conversion tool for converting secular calendar dates to Hebrew dates can be found at: www.hebcal.com
In addition to the recitation of the Kaddish following a death or on a Yahrzeit, there are four memorial services, called YizkorA memorial service added to Festival services four times each year. services, held on Yom KippurA solemn fast day which is observed as a day of atonement., Pesah, ShavuotA holiday which occurs 7 weeks after PesachAn eight day festival during the spring which celebrates the Jewish people’s liberation from bondage in Egypt. which celebrates the giving of the TorahLiterally the first 5 books of the Bible also known as Humash, the Pentateuch or The Five Books of Moses. The word Torah is also used to refer to all of Jewish learning.., and Sh’mini AtzeretThe holiday that extends the joyful celebration of SuccotThe Harvest festival during which we sit in the Succah and use the LulavA palm branch used on the holiday of Succot. and EtrogA citron - a fruit similar to lemon used with the Lulav during the holiday of Succot.. for an extra day. The Yizkor dates for 5770 (2009-2010) are: