Jewish prayer for Death

Wherever there is a belief in the continued existence of human personality through and after death, religion naturally concerns itself with the relations between the living and the dead. And where the idea of a future judgment or a Resurrection of the Dead or of Purgatory obtains, prayers are often offered on behalf of the dead to God.


Prayers for the dead form part of the Jewish services. The prayers offered on behalf of the deceased consist of: Recitation of Psalms; Reciting a thrice daily communal prayer inAramaic which is known as "Kaddish". Kaddish actually means "Sanctification" (or "Prayer of Making Holy") which is a prayer "In Praise of God"; or other special remembrances known as Yizkor; and also a Hazkara which is said either on the annual commemoration known as the Yahrzeit as well on Jewish holidays.

The Prayer

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk in the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords in ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. Nations shall not lift up sword against nation - never shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

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