A prayer recited in the daily synagogue services and by mourners after the death of a close relative.
A prayer in praise of God, recited as part of the daily service.
Another form of this prayer, recited by mourners.
Origin of kaddish
- From Aramaic qaddiš holy, sacred from qədaš to become holy, be sacred (so called after the first words of the prayer) qdš in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Hebrew קדיש (kadísh, “kaddish”), from Jewish Aramaic קדיש (qaddish, “holy”)