The recital of Kaddish by mourners is a quintessential part of the Jewish bereavement process. It is often an emotional journey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kaddish recital has often been challenging. Regional lockdowns, quarantine orders, and crowd-limiting measures have hampered the possibility of reciting Kaddish in the traditional forum. In this series, we will explore the various solutions to the conundrum and assess whether any of the solutions will survive the pandemic.
Episode 1: Ad Hoc Quorums
Description: The formation of ad-hoc quorums provided an opportunity for mourners to recite Kaddish. These quorums came in different forms: pirate minyanim, balcony minyanim, and various outdoor gatherings including the backyard, courtyard, street, and sidewalk. Ad hoc quorums were not organized in order to solve the Corona Kaddish conundrum. Notwithstanding, they provided a solution for mourners.
Credits – This podcast series is a production of Pardes North America.
Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host
Rabbi Adam Titcher – Executive Producer