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 2: Kaddish Substitutes
Description: Substitutes for Kaddish came in two forms: Shades and Replacements. Shades of Kaddish mimicked the traditional prayer, while Replacements suggested alternative action to Kaddish recital. While there are ample precedents for these solutions, they were seldom championed during the Coronavirus pandemic and generally not embraced.
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