Prayer for Saturday (Shavuot)

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown today.

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Mourner’s Kaddish*

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

(Source: Orthodox Union website)

* Kaddish is not a prayer for the deceased. Nowhere in Kaddish is the name of the deceased mentioned and there is no mention of death, loss or mourning. With the saying of the Kaddish prayer, the mourner both affirms his faith in God and calls on the community to join him in affirming his statement. When a mourner publicly inspires other Jews to affirm their faith in God, this greatly benefits the soul of the departed. A Rabbi should be consulted as to the proper time and place to say Kaddish which requires a Minyan (a quorum of ten adult male Jews.)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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