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Reflections on the first mourner’s daddish in honor of Memorial Day

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/reflections_on_the_first_mourners_daddish_in_honor_of_memorial_day

Kaddish - The origins of this most famous Jewish prayer are shrouded in history. Most agree that it began with the central words, “Y’hei Sh’mei Rabbah Mevorach L’Olam u’l’Almei Almaya,” or “May God’s Name be praised now and forever.” One source suggests that the Kaddish was originally recited at the conclusion of a learning session in the study halls of ancient Israel. After engaging in the sacred task of study, these words were recited to show honor and reverence for the learning and to pay respect to the teacher.

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