For over a thousand years it has been the tradition of the Jewish to honor their deceased parents by reciting Kaddish, known to be a recitation for the dead. A male mourner is required to recite the prayer for a continuous period of three days which continues further for an eleven month period for the parent and a month for other relatives. Post such period it is recited at every Yartzeit, i.e. at each anniversary. A step son or an adopted son is also allowed to make such recitation but there is no obligation on his part. In the absence of any sons, it is the responsibility of a close male relative to ensure that the kaddish is recited according to the traditional rules.
Although many desire to recite mourning prayer for their loved ones but does not have an idea of what is kaddish. In such cases, any Jewish person can recite such prayer on behalf of another as they are considered to be one soul. Therefore, there are various service providers who make necessary arrangements to recite such prayer on behalf of others in return for a consideration. But in order to get hold of a quality kaddish prayer service it is necessary to know the background history and reputation of the service provider. The internet can be a reliable medium to make a search for such service. Browsing through online comments and forum section can help a lot in making a prudent decision.
The estimated cost of hiring plays a major role in deciding the quality of service on offer. Service providers generally charge a one-time amount for the services rendered. For reciting such prayer for yahrzeit, the cost estimate ranges from somewhere between $50 to $100 depending upon the geographical location of the service receiver and the period of the program. The price is sometimes quoted on a per day basis ranging from around $1 to $2 per day. There are various options depending upon the date of the program and the period of withdrawal .
Know the various forms
There are various forms of Kaddish to choose from and these depend upon the circumstances of the case. The six different forms of this prayer are applicablefor different situations. This includes the Half-Kaddish, Whole-Kaddish, Kaddish-D’Rabannan, Kaddish-Yatom, Graveside Kaddish and the Kaddish-D’Itchad’ta. These are summarized as under –
I.The Half-Kaddish is recited to conclude the minor sections of the prayer.
II. The Whole-Kaddish has an additional section called Titkabel which is conducted after conclusion of the major portions of the prayer service.
III. Rabbis’ Kaddish contains a portion referred to as Al Yisrael recited after reading a section from Talmud or Mishnah.
IV. The Mourner’s Kaddish recites a portion called the Y’heyShloma at specific intervals during the prayer.
V. The Graveside Kaddish has a mention of the new World which the Almighty will create for the new-born.
VI. Last but not the least is the Kaddish-D’Itchad’ta recited at a funeral and after concluding a main tractate of Talmud.