The Meaning of Kaddish

The message of the Kaddish prayer - remembering your mission in this world.

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Comments (100)

(97) Adriana, November 24, 2017 6:56 PM

Thank you for the lovely explanation. Though i am not Jewish I was moved by your spiritual message. We must all remember the true gift of life.

(96) Anonymous, August 2, 2016 7:03 AM

unbelievably moving and truly brings meaning to that special prayer, thank you so much

(95) Philippe, July 31, 2016 4:47 PM

Mind opener

Thank you for this easy to understand explanation of the Kaddish and teaching me the importance of reciting it.

(94) Cheryl Becker, May 19, 2016 4:23 PM

Great, informative video

I truly enjoyed learning about why we say the Kaddish prayer. Thank you for posting it!
Cheryl Becker
Livingston, NJ

(93) Michael Friedman, September 8, 2015 7:10 PM

Excellent Articles

Tov Me'od !

(92) Anonymous, December 26, 2014 1:29 AM

This video reveals the utter beauty behind the words of Kaddish. Thank you!

(91) Roslyn, December 2, 2013 3:14 PM

So beautiful

and meaningful. So proud to be Jewish. I hear people complain that Judiasm requires so much from us - laws, expectaions, etc. I tell them that's what makes us who we are - compassionate, goal oriented in that we are striving to make the world a better place by living a Torah life. Torah teaches us how" to be" - loving, caring, compassionate, remembering and being forever grateful.

(90) Tonna Chavez, November 26, 2013 3:52 PM

Thank you...

Mr. Harary and you for this wonderful video! You not only explained the meaning behind saying this beautiful prayer...but, brought me much happiness as well. It is approaching the one year anniversary of the loss of my beloved David, may his memory be for a blessing, and knowing what I know now will bless both of our souls with happiness. Thank you again...Shalom!

(89) Beverly Kurtin, November 15, 2013 7:29 PM


I've always wonder why we say Kaddish. I've said it tens of thousands but never really understood what or why I was saying it. Now it makes perfect sense. Again, thanks.

(88) Chava Rivka, November 14, 2013 12:47 AM

Very helpful teaching!

Lost my beloved father this year. This explanation will help me do a better job of saying Kaddish. And I feel closer to my father knowing that this prayer is a project that we are doing together. That made me smile.

(87) nora, November 11, 2013 4:14 PM

Thank you

This is a sad day for many so many people we lost in the war,
but you helped me so much thank you,
Nora Ray

(86) Debbie Litwack, November 9, 2013 11:49 PM

Kaddish was definately more meaningful this Shabbas

due to your most recent video. THANKS again. Keep em coming.

(85) Robin, November 8, 2013 6:39 PM

Thank You

You lifted my heart this morning. I lost my beloved 2.5 years ago, and yet still feel connected in the mystery of soulful relationship. Your perspective on kaddish strengthens me as I strive to honor him, to remember and honor others I've lost, and enhances my connection to the myriad beauties and wonders of being a Jew. Thank you.

(84) L Weber, November 8, 2013 3:00 AM

...a "nechama for the neshama"

My husband's family/my family just acknowledged and observed the 'shloshim' for our 'zaydie' - a 91year old husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, tzaddik, teacher and survivor.
Saying 'Kaddish' with a minyan daily is not only a challenge, but also serves as a constant reminder of our connection to our loved one and to HaShem .My husband and his brother sat 'shiva' with dignity and quiet pain, all the while extolling the virtues of their beloved father.Their recitation of 'Kaddish' became like a deep, warm blanket, a true comfort for the soul. We are so blessed to have had many beautiful years with our 'zaydie'. Reb Meir ben Chanoch, May his memory be a blessing and a 'melitz yaschar' for us all.

(83) Joyce, November 8, 2013 1:51 AM

Kaddish: Women's Voices

I was a bit disappointed with the video, given its mostly male-focus. The forest is there for women too, and women lose loved ones also. As a contributor to Kaddish: Women's Voices and, in reading some of the above comments, it is particularly important for women to feel that they can participate in this act of sanctification/grieving/healing, should they so choose. There are, sadly, circumstances in which women who attempt to do so are ignored and discouraged more than they are encouraged. As one who said Kaddish for my Parents, a.h., in my years of aveilut for them, I learned the value of the grieving process in part by participating in such minyanim. Women, more and more, are taking this opportunity, and finding and helping other women by doing so. It was not always easy, but it was always progression toward healing...

A. Eller, November 9, 2013 11:48 PM

From a Jewish Woman

When I said "Y'hei Shmei Rabba Mi-vo-rach..." and "Omein" in response to the person in a traditional Minyan whom I'd designated to say Kaddish for my father, I knew I was contributing my share of bringing G-d into the world, and helping my father to do the same.

Thank you, Mr. Harary.

(82) Sylvia, June 30, 2013 4:46 PM


Thank you for sharing this wonderful video. I have been saying the Mourners Kaddish each week on Shabbat, but now I see how saying this in rememberance of my parents and other loved ones can truly extend there spiritual mission in the world. It gives such a greater sense of our participation in this together and that in actuality the oneness never ends, but continues on. This teaching is truly beautiful!

(81) Anonymous, October 29, 2012 3:21 PM


Thank you. Very powerfully presented and really helped to add meaning to this very special prayer

(80) Anonymous, September 9, 2012 7:32 PM

I suggest that they make a tour of all yeshiva schools to

(79) karen, September 2, 2012 3:55 AM


I never really understood the coddush prayer. That was the much beutiful way of explaining it. When I say it for my mother this fall, I will always remember to not get cought up in the trees.

(78) Dr. Kaustav Chakrabarti, August 20, 2012 4:27 PM

Video on Kaddish

I enjoyed it immensely having lost both my parents in a span of three years. Please send me the full text of the prayer. I am Hindu, but I can read and write Hebrew Shalom

Anonymous, November 8, 2013 6:17 AM

Not Hebrew --Aramaic using Hebrew letters

It's 90% Aramaic using Hebrew letters

(77) Sachs, August 6, 2012 3:46 PM

With all your haert and soul

Wahawta et Haschem Elohecha bekol lewawch bekol nafschecha webkol meodecha. If you realy love the world is yours and with kaddish we let our love one again in our haert.

(76) Neal, July 31, 2012 1:35 AM


Thank you for a better world

(75) Mrs. Catherine H. Gerry, July 27, 2012 10:40 AM

Beautifully written

A friend forwarded this to on the Yartzeit of my dear husband....beautifully stated. Reminded me of him so much. I'm sure my friend felt the same way. Thanks, Dan..luv, Cathy

(74) Richard Marcus, July 24, 2012 4:37 PM

always and always...

a message that reaches to our innermost needs and thoughts. Keep 'em coming, Aish!!

(73) June, July 24, 2012 12:27 PM


That was exactly what I needed to see! It helped me to start my day with the right attitude!

(72) Daniel Levy, July 22, 2012 11:10 PM


(71) Anonymous, July 22, 2012 9:16 PM

Loved it! Give us more like this!

Loved it! Give us more like this!

(70) Leah, July 22, 2012 6:04 PM


You are incredible! What a powerful thought to think of each time we hear kadish and beyond!

(69) Rebecca, July 22, 2012 3:14 PM


I'll never think of the Kaddish the same way again. Thanks.

(68) Yael Liviem, July 22, 2012 1:02 PM

Charlie, your videos are so inspirational. I enjoy them so much. Kol Hakavod!

(67) philip R., July 21, 2012 4:18 AM

So moving

This video touched me deeply. My father's yartzeit is a few months away and I am making sure I can read Kaddish fluently. Thanks for this inspirational video.

(66) Pearlkrebs, July 19, 2012 9:22 PM


Brought back the seven years I went to Hebrew school.

(65) Anonymous, July 19, 2012 1:36 PM

You got it 90%

I felt that it would be interesting if you translated into English the Kaddish, and explained it.

(64) Raquel Alexandre, July 19, 2012 12:11 PM

Wonderful !

(63) Danielle, July 19, 2012 4:40 AM

You're awesome, Charlie. Your messages are always engaging, eloquent and inspirational. Kol Hakavod! Keep up the good work.

(62) jac, July 19, 2012 3:58 AM

Thank you for calming my soul.

I am a Hindu. I have subscribed to for sometime now. I find the articles good. This morning I almost deleted this by mistake and I'm glad I stopped in time. I listened to the message and it brought tears - of sadness, understanding and peace. I lost my Dad 25 years ago. It was hard for the family. He was my best friend and will always be my hero. Thank you once again.

(61) Mikki, July 19, 2012 3:40 AM

Beautiful explanation

This should be done by anyone who has faith in God, not just Jews, but others as well. Wouldn't the world be a better place for all, if each of us did this?

(60) Kathy Vice, July 19, 2012 2:35 AM

A Wonderful Lesson and a Wonderful Blessing

Thank you Aish ~ you've just made my day.

(59) Carol Music, July 19, 2012 1:15 AM


This was a lovely and 'right on' video. I'm not Jewish, but have family and friends who are, and I'm learning so much more by what I read and watch here! No matter what our individual beliefs are, we all want to remain in contact with the person we loved so very much after their soul leaves their body. Having lost two siblings, I have always embraced the concept of the spirit or the soul. Thanks so much for sharing your version!

(58) Duvidle, July 18, 2012 11:52 PM


This video is very fitting to see, especially on the day of Rav Elyashiv zt''l petirah

(57) Dorothy Luria, July 18, 2012 11:45 PM

Thank you and please keep reminding us of our purpose.

(56) jerry s., July 18, 2012 10:00 PM


Took awhile to get to the valid points, but I am not double-parked. Will process the presentation & share with others. Shalom. Jerry

(55) Sharon Miriam, July 18, 2012 9:32 PM


So beautiful and meaningful! Thank you for this explanation!

(54) maggie, July 18, 2012 8:30 PM

great inspiring

please add my email to your list thanx

(53) debi godsey, July 18, 2012 7:48 PM



(52) maria, July 18, 2012 7:38 PM

bringing God's love and mission to us!

This was a beautiful presentation of how we get caught up in things that really don't matter. Instead, we should focus our thoughts on God's fulfillment for us and others and internalize that information! Thank you!

(51) ruth housman, July 18, 2012 6:50 PM

The Mourner's Kaddish

What you said is beautiful and brought me to tears. Everything. The word emotion can be split into E for energy and Motion, and surely it is emotion that brings us to our knees, as mourning comes to us all. I believe, Charlie Harary, that we're moving fast into a new state of consciousness, and that sensitivity IS key. What you said, the eloquence and beauty of this, IS truth. We can never hear this message enough, and perhaps those who see it, keep repeating it, because this in itself is what is the impetus of holy, what is wholly true. It's all God as prays is to praise. Thank You.

(50) Gregory V. Boulware, July 18, 2012 6:47 PM

Beautifully Explained.

/* The images portray the pigmentation of one particular group - It would be nice to see images of Jews who happen to be Black. The sermon-Kaddish was to the point, and simply beautiful. Thank you Rabbi Peace and Love, Greg. */

(49) Godel, July 18, 2012 5:53 PM

some trees are always rotten, but G´D´s forest is always growing in the right direction. Thank you Charlie for your lesson

(48) Lisa, July 18, 2012 5:32 PM

What a beautiful metaphor and explanation on The Meaning of Kaddish. Thank you, Lisa

(47) Michael, July 18, 2012 4:52 PM

A beautifully movingv video presentation

What better way to honour one's parents!

(46) Auriel, July 18, 2012 4:43 PM

Hauntingly beautiful

Though I do not understand half of this, it made me all misty eyed. I didn't grow up knowing I was Jewish. My mom died very young, but maybe if daughters do this as well, I will visit her grave one day and say this for her.

(45) Eric Addlestone, July 18, 2012 4:37 PM

to never forget

I lost my way and now I truly understand the meaning and need to remember who I am in this world.

(44) Joel block, July 18, 2012 4:26 PM

Best Explanation..

This is the best explanantion of the Kaddish I've ever heard.

(43) bobw, July 18, 2012 4:25 PM

really good vidio

Simply well said Thanks

(42) Moshe, July 18, 2012 4:12 PM

Thank you!

A powerful message in a beautiful package!

(41) Miriam, July 18, 2012 4:01 PM


Thank you. I, too, have said Kaddish, but didn't understand the purpose, beyond remembering those I say it for. I have shared with friends that the Lord's Prayer is based upon the Kaddish; now I can understand why it, too, is an important prayer for people,

(40) Conrad, July 18, 2012 3:57 PM


Last night we had a Yahzheidt and I was a member of the minyon . You put it very well- it gave me the opportunity to ask for my prayers to help elevate the souls of all those I have touched, touch, and will touch. Well done!

(39) Richard, July 18, 2012 3:48 PM


Aish provides excellent commentary on current Jewish life. always worth watching and listening. Thank you!

(38) Leah Ahava, July 18, 2012 3:43 PM

Thanks you

Your messages are always so insightful and helpful. You are truly fulfilling your mission of Tikkun Olam.

(37) Donna Perel, July 18, 2012 3:41 PM

It's all in the timing...

I noticed that the video had been posted last week but for some reason (Ha we know that it was from Hashem) I did not watch it until this morning after hearing of the petira of HaGoan HaRav Elyishav Z"TL. There is nothing we can do or is there? We can work on our kavannah as we respond to Kaddish and be thankful if we don't have to say it ourselves. Don't rush out of shul before the last Kaddish is said or talk during it. I am not trying to holier than thou. As a 53 year old wife and mother I have heard Kaddish recited for my mother since I was 16 and for my father starting six years ago.

(36) Adekunle Abiona, July 18, 2012 3:37 PM

This is an encouraging way to exalt the Name of God and our purpose on earth.

(35) Fangyu, July 18, 2012 3:28 PM

Toda Raba Charlie for the insights.

It is the Nation of Israel that keeps the entire humanity and the whole world alive. Shalom.

(34) Henry Wiltschek, July 18, 2012 3:24 PM

right on

Our connection to G'd and our departed ones Well spoken

(33) Bonnie Evans, July 18, 2012 2:50 PM

Just two words: EXCELLENT AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EXCELLENT AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(32) Jeannette, July 18, 2012 2:19 PM

Message sent from Heaven on the very day I needed to remember what my mission is. Thanks Rabi.

(31) Timestein, July 18, 2012 2:18 PM


Beautiful and succinct

(30) Ronen, July 18, 2012 1:40 PM

Awesome!!! Thanks again for another fantastic message.

(29) Yael Pedhatzur, July 18, 2012 5:33 AM


A lovely way to start my Wednesday morning. Todah!

(28) joseph salowitz, July 18, 2012 2:36 AM

Wonderful video, It helped me to understand MY OWN feelings

Sometimes you know WHAT you feel, but you can't even find the words to express it to YOURSELF. This video expresses it. Thank You.

(27) David Shepetofsky, July 17, 2012 6:37 PM

Honor Thy Father & Thy Mother

What an inspirational video about an emotionally charged subject. It made me think of how we honored our parents during life and continue to honor them after their passing..

sarah nadel, July 18, 2012 5:33 PM

What a beautiful message.

(26) ARNOLD SCHOENBERGER, July 17, 2012 5:45 PM



(25) Alon Gazit, July 17, 2012 3:51 PM

Thank you Charlie

Dear Charlie, It is always a great pleasure to watch and listen your smart and insightful perspective. Keep it up. Thanks a lot

(24) Lisa, July 17, 2012 8:32 AM

You brought new life to a very old prayer

If we only learned " tikun olam" in school , I bet it could have brought many of us closer to having a connection to Hashem!! Then we would see that each of us have a mission.... Our own little project to complete. Once again... A winner video!! A " hi 5" to you!!

(23) Anonymous, July 17, 2012 3:55 AM

This was exactly what I needed to hear right now. I was lost within the trees and The Almighty just guided me to a way to see the forest. Thank You.

(22) Scott Grayman, July 17, 2012 1:55 AM

I'm currently saying Kaddish for my father. The knowledge that my effort is helping my Dad continue his mission gives me tremendous focus, purpose, and comfort. Thank you and Kol Hakavod for your thoughtful words of kindness.

(21) Iehudis, July 16, 2012 9:17 PM

You made it for my father

Two weeks ago my grandfather passed away, my father, his only son, sat shiva and started to say kadish every day since then. This definetely would help him to inject more meaning into the kaddish. I told him thatyou made it for him, in the exact time he needed it. Thanks a lot !

(20) Yisroel Blumenstein, July 16, 2012 7:49 PM

An amazing powerful understanding of Kaddish.

This Thursday, 29th of Tevet, is my father's first yahrzeit and I was deeply moved by this explanation and presentation. Thank you for making it available to see. I will pay it forward and try to use it for others as well. Yasher Koach.

(19) Anonymous, July 16, 2012 10:19 AM

Hope it made an impression

When my parents were niftar my brother said kaddish at each of their burials. I am the only one out of 3 siblings who is religious, but I tried to impress upon my brother what an important thing he did. I hope it made some kind of impression.

(18) YAKOVA, July 16, 2012 3:45 AM

comments on expression of Kaddish


(17) Grampy, July 16, 2012 2:56 AM

Better quality

Very good piece, made even better by your having kept the music at a very low level so we could hear every word. Thanks.....

(16) AH, July 16, 2012 2:53 AM

Harary Does it again

Perfectly put AMEN!

(15) s sasson, July 16, 2012 1:24 AM

amazing as usual hazak ubaruch!

always amazing to watch.....

(14) Gene42, July 16, 2012 12:54 AM

Tikkun Olam.

Kaddish is important and should be said. Takkun Olam is used by some jews who are not aware of the problems Israel faces both from within and without. They are always critical of Israel and lose sight of the need to support and defend the Jewish State in an anti-semetic world.

(13) jacques villeneuve, July 16, 2012 12:46 AM

Cool stuff, especially the props! and delivery!

Regards, Jacques

(12) Steven, July 15, 2012 11:43 PM


Charlie Harary has scored another goal with this video on saying Kaddish. Shkoiach!!!

(11) L. Tannuf, July 15, 2012 10:44 PM

Cheers for Charlie

Outstanding! Charlie is simply magnificent. Am not sure that the friend's father KNEW that his purpose in life was to bring Godliness into the world. If he did -- why didn't he make sure that his son knew something about the Jewish religion? I should think that each person's purpose is more specific than the broad "bring Godliness." As a follower of the Lucreshishe rebbe (little-known but intensely holy), I learned that each neshamah has its own unique mission. Thus, the deceased father had some nekudah p'nimis (inner divine message) that the son is required to complete. Kaddish is indeed the way to do it! But my quibble is secondary. The ikkar (essence) is 'C' for Charlie -- and for Captivating, Charismatic, Coruscating and non-Caloric. "Col haCavod."

(10) Anonymous, July 15, 2012 8:21 PM

Years Later

My mother died of cancer 7 yrs ago, and while I did say Kaddish I never felt it really helped me, but after watching this I can now look back on it with a deeper understanding.

(9) Anonymous, July 15, 2012 5:44 PM

So simple, so complex

In 20 minutes you were able to suspend lifetimes - we all need to be reminds of the blessings of Kaddish - thank you.

(8) chaim, July 15, 2012 3:40 PM

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam. I like that. Last time I heard it it was a Reform's Rabbi way of telling me I can do what I want as long as I am accomplishing Tikkun Olam.

(7) Anonymous, July 15, 2012 3:39 PM


Charlie Harary is a rising star in the world of bringing inspirational Jewish thought to a broader audience. I am always impressed. Kol hakavod.

(6) alan s., July 15, 2012 2:55 PM

Thank you

Now I know.Cannot believe all that I forgot. Thank you and G-D bless.

(5) Anonymous, July 15, 2012 1:58 PM

So inspiring

All ur videos are all sooooooo inspiring. I watch them over and over again! Thank u much! Keep up the great work.

(4) Barbara Sofer, July 15, 2012 1:19 PM

Beautiful, spoke to me about my experience

Beautiful statement of what saying kaddish does. I felt that closeness and unity of purpose when I said kaddish for my mother, zichrona l'bracha.

(3) AVRAHAM FISHER, July 15, 2012 1:05 PM


(2) SFS, July 15, 2012 10:12 AM


This is vintage -- making Judaism relevant to all. This video deserves wide circulation.

(1) Michelle, July 15, 2012 9:28 AM

thanks for share

G-d bless you


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