Women Saying Mourner's Kaddish

Mourner's Kaddish Guide coverA Daughter's Recitation of  Mourner's Kaddish

by Rahel Berkovits

Reciting mourner's kaddish for a parent stands at the heart of the Jewish bereavement experience. While traditionally this public recitation has been seen as a son's responsibility, a daughter reciting kaddish is not a modern concept. The halakhic literature addresses questions such as: May a daughter recite mourner's kaddish? May she recite kaddish alone or must it be in conjunction with a man? Should her kaddish be said aloud or quietly?

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Rachel BerkovitzRahel Berkovits lectures in Mishnah, Talmud and halakhah at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She has published entries in the CD-ROM, Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia and lectures widely in both Israel and the United States on topics concerning women and Jewish law.  


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