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Burial Kaddish

After burial, the male mourners stand near the grave facing Jerusalem and recite the Burial Kaddish / קדיש דאתחדתא, otherwise known as Kaddish HaGadol / קדיש הגדול.

The Burial Kaddish is a prayer that tells us that in the future God will renew the world, and that the dead will be resurrected to eternal life. The concept of Kaddish / קדיש is discussed in more depth in a separate section. It is interesting that the Burial Kaddish (supplemented by the Rabbis' Kaddish segment) is also recited during a Siyum / סיום — a ceremony of completion of a Talmudic Tractate. — The completion of a major study effort is marked with the same prayer as the completion of life.

In the absence of male mourners someone else usually recites the Burial Kaddish on behalf of the family. On the days when Tzidduk HaDin / צידוק הדין — justification of the Divine decree prayer is not recited, the Burial Kadish is also not recited. On those days Psalm 16 and the regular Mourner's Kaddish / קדיש יתום is recited instead. Presence of a Minyan / מניין — a quorum of at least ten Jewish men over the age of thirteen, is required in order to recite either Kadish at the graveside.

After Kaddish some have a custom to recite the memorial prayer, which is also omitted when Tzidduk HaDin / צידוק הדין is not recited.

The following sections contain the text of the Burial Kaddish:

The following sections contain the text of the Burial Kaddish:

Burial Kaddish (Ashkenazim)
Burial Kaddish (Sephardim)

Please note that there are variations in the wording of Kaddish both among Ashkenazim and Sephardim. Some of these variations will be indicated in the following sections by using square brackets.