Arrange a Kaddish Service
AFYBA now arranges for the recitation of the traditional Kaddish prayer for a deceased family member of blessed memory and the learning of mishnayot. The Kaddish will be recited in Israel three times a day for the first eleven months after burial and on the anniversary of death (Yahrtzeit) every year thereafter. The Mishna (oral law) will be learned in honor of the neshama (soul) of the deceased for the first eleven months.
AFYBA has purchased a special database to ensure timely and accurate service, data recording and report generating. This information will remind us to send you a letter five weeks prior to the yahrzeit and will print out a list of names to be sent to our rabbi in Israel. All Yahrtzeit Kaddish prayer recitals previously registered with the American Friends of Yeshivat Hadarom are also included in this list.
WHAT IS KADDISH (קדיש)?
Judaism teaches that mourners should perform certain mitzvot on behalf of their deceased family members, including giving charity, studying Torah and publicly proclaiming the holiness of G-d (through reciting the Kaddish). The performance of these mitzvot in this world is believed to enhance the departed soul's "credit" in the world to come.
The Kaddish is based upon the Biblical commandment (Leviticus 22:32) to publicly sanctify G-d’s Name. The opening words of Kaddish are inspired by Ezekiel 38:23, a vision of G-d becoming great in the eyes of all the nations. When we say the Kaddish in the synagogue we publicly praise G-d and call upon the congregation to answer “Amen. Yehei shmëh rabba mevarakh lealam ulalmey almaya," – May His great name be blessed for ever, and ever. This response is an Aramaic translation of the Biblical verse (Genesis 49:2 and Deuteronomy 6:4) ""ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד – Blessed be His name, whose glorious kingdom is forever.
Along with the Shema and Amidah, the Kaddish is one of the most important and central prayers in Jewish liturgy.
It is customary for the mourners to recite Kaddish every day for 11 months thereafter the death of a parent, or 30 days for other immediate family members. It is also recited on the Yahrtzeit, or Hebrew anniversary of the loved one's death. Kabala teaches that it is a tremendous merit and source of elevation for the soul.
Ideally, children of the deceased recite Kaddish for their parents, but if that isn’t possible, a proxy can say Kaddish for the departed instead. It is customary to donate money to a charity that supports the poor and needy in the Holy Land and, in return, Torah scholars there recite the Kaddish and learn Mishna to give merit to the deceased. Mishna has the same letters in Hebew as Neshama(soul) and our Rabbis extrapolate that learning Mishna in honor of a deceased person, elevates the soul of the departed.
A one-time donation of $500 is recommended for the daily recitation of the Kaddish prayer during the first year after passing, and perpetual recitation of Kaddish on the Yahrtzeit date thereafter. Additional annual contributions are welcome.
A one-time donation of $500 is recommended for the purchase of a memorial plaque to be affixed in the wall of the synagogue in one of our Yeshivot. The plaque has room for 6-8 lines.
A one-time donation of $750 is recommended for the daily learning of Mishnayot L’Ilui Nishmat (in memory of ) the deceased.
The Memorial Package consisting of all the above can be purchased for $1500.
To arrange for a Kaddish recital and learning of mishnayot, please fill the form below or call 212-248-0471.