US launches women’s guide to say­ing Kad­dish

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THEUNITEDSy­n­a­gogue­has­re­sponded to long­stand­ing calls to do more for women mourn­ers by pub­lish­ing a book­let to help them say Kad­dish.

The eight-page guide, pro­duced at the in­sti­ga­tion of the co-chair of US Women Jac­qui Zinkin, is in­tended to make it eas­ier for women to re­cite the mourn­ing prayer in syn­a­gogue.

It makes clear that while recit­ing Kad­dish is op­tional for women, the prayer can be re­cited by “any mourner who wishes to, be they men, women or chil­dren”.

Kad­dish is gen­er­ally re­cited for 11 months af­ter the death of a par­ent and a month for other close rel­a­tives. In a US syn­a­gogue, it can be said only in the pres­ence of a minyan of at least 10 men and a woman must say it along with an­other man.

Mrs Zinkin, who is a US trustee, said that she re­cited Kad­dish her­self af­ter the death of her father 10 years ago. She said: “I found say­ing Kad­dish pro­vided a struc­ture to my mourn­ing.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “It is im­por­tant that women who would like to say Kad­dish should feel com­fort­able and sup­ported in do­ing so.

“I t is my hope that this guide will de­mys­tify the process of say­ing Kad­dish, sort­ing the myths from the facts and will make a real dif­fer­ence to the griev­ing process for wom­eni­nour com­mu­nity.”


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