Important Changes to the High Holy Days Mourner’s Kaddish

As Shabbat will usher in the month of Elul, it is time to begin our preparation for the High Holy Days. In that spirit, it is also time to prepare to welcome our new High Holy Days prayer book, Mishkan Hanefesh. For the next 4 weeks, E-blast will feature important information about the machzor’s content and layout. An integral and emotional part of the Yom Kippur service is Yizkor—an hour when we hold, in memory, the lives of departed loved ones. In Mishkan Hanefesh, there are two changes to the Kaddish —reflecting both traditional and modern interpretations. The machzor includes the tradition verse–
l’eila ul’eila mikol birchata v’shirata. (Blessed is the One) who is entirely beyond all blessings and hymns—emphasizing God’s power on this day. The last verse is changed to: Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu, v’al kol Yisrael, v’al kol yoshvei teiveil; v’imru, Amen. May the One who makes peace for us, for all Israel, and all who dwell on earth; and let us say: Amen. These additional four words have been incorporated into many congregations’ liturgy as well as musical settings for Oseh Shalom. The inclusion of ‘and all who dwell on earth’ invokes God to bring peace to all peoples on earth.

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