Schwartzberg, Jennifer Adele
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This thesis traces the history and significance of a Jewish prayer, the Kaddish. The Kaddish plays several important roles in Jewish liturgy, and by researching its history and role within Judaism I hope to demonstrate its uniqueness and importance. The Kaddish plays the primary role of the memorial prayer for the dead, but it does not mention death or bereavement, warranting examination of its origin as the prayer for the dead, as well as its interaction with Jewish mourning. This thesis researches the linguistics, history and concepts of the Kaddish, as well as detailing the prayer s effect on the Lord s Prayer and its role in the Holocaust.