Kaddish – a prayer from the living

Mourner’s Kaddish is an ancient prayer in Aramaic that never speaks of death. It’s a prayer of celebration of the Divine. These interpretations of Mourners’ Kaddish by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet endeavors to capture that celebratory aspect as well as engage with death. The first version is from the point of view of the mourners and the second is from the voice of the beloved dead. You may use this in your own rituals and art, and share them — but not sell in any way. This is published under a Creative Commons Share-a-Like, Non-Commercial, and please credit Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet (www.devotaj.com) if you use this elsewhere).

I Send You On

I send you on with love in my heart 
Crying tears of joy for the life you have lived 
Praising the Source of Life for connecting our lives,
I send you on to the next life.

 I send you on the way you lived 
Embracing who you were, not the space that you leave
Praising the Source of Life for allowing us to love,
I send you on to the next life. 

I send you on without fear I will not curse or rend my garments 
Praising the Source of Life for granting us time,
I send you on to the next life 

I send you on with praise
Singing songs of joy for all creation
Praising the Source of Life making us flesh and blood,
I send you on to the next life.

 I send you on with libations and toasts 
Drinking to health and drinking to memory
Praising the Source of Life for giving us words to share,
I send you on to the next life. 

I send you on with stones not flowers
I will not add death to death 
Praising the Source of Life for all creation
I send you on to the next life.

Send Me On

Send you on with love in your heart 
Crying tears of joy for the life I lived 
Praising the Source of Life for connecting our lives,
Send me on to the next life.

 Send me on the way I lived 
Embracing who I was, not the space that I leave
Praising the Source of Life for allowing us to love,
Send me on to the next life.

Send me on without fear 
Do not curse or rend your garments 
Praising the Source of Life for granting us time,
Send me on to the next life. 

Send me on with praise
Singing songs of joy for all creation
Praising the Source of Life making us flesh and blood,
Send me on to the next life.

 Send me on with libations and toasts 
Drinking to health and drinking to memory
Praising the Source of Life for giving us words to share,
Send me on to the next life.

Send you on with stones not flowers
Do not add death to death 
Praising the Source of Life for all creation
Send me on to the next life.


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