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# Half Kaddish (Chatzi Kaddish)--this is the shortest of all of the Kaddishes ending with the words "da'amiran bialma vi'imru amen."  This Kaddish is recited as a break between different parts of the service.
 
# Half Kaddish (Chatzi Kaddish)--this is the shortest of all of the Kaddishes ending with the words "da'amiran bialma vi'imru amen."  This Kaddish is recited as a break between different parts of the service.
 
# The Mourners' Kaddish (Kadish Yatom)--this Kaddish is the same as the Half Kaddish with the additional insertions of the lines "Yehei shlama..." and "Oseh shalom..." This Kaddish is recited during the 11th month period following the passing of a parent and on the parent's [[Yahrzeit]].   
 
# The Mourners' Kaddish (Kadish Yatom)--this Kaddish is the same as the Half Kaddish with the additional insertions of the lines "Yehei shlama..." and "Oseh shalom..." This Kaddish is recited during the 11th month period following the passing of a parent and on the parent's [[Yahrzeit]].   
# The Full Kaddish (Kadish Shalem)--the same as the Mourners Kaddish with the additional line "Titkabel..."  In this line we ask Hashem to accept the prayers of all of the Jewish people. This Kaddish is recited at the conclusion of [[Chazarat Hashatz]] and [[Chodesh_Elul|Slichot]].
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# The Full Kaddish (Kadish Shalem)--the same as the Mourners Kaddish with the additional line "Titkabel..."  In this line we ask Hashem to accept the prayers of all of the Jewish people. This Kaddish is recited at the conclusion of [[Chazarat Hashatz]] and [[Slichot]].
# The Rabbis' Kaddish (Kaddish Derabanan)--is the same as the Mourners' Kaddish with the added line "Al Yisrael..."
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# The Rabbis' Kaddish (Kaddish Derabanan)--the same as the Mourners' Kaddish with the added line "Al Yisrael..."
# The Final Kaddish (Kaddish De'itchadeta)--is similar to the Rabbis' Kaddish with the insertion "Be'alma di'itchadeta..." in place of "be'alma di'bera chirutei ve'yamlich malchutei." This Kaddish is recited at a Siyum as well as at a funeral.
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# The Final Kaddish (Kaddish De'itchadeta)--similar to the Rabbis' Kaddish with the insertion "Be'alma di'itchadeta..." in place of "be'alma di'bera chirutei ve'yamlich malchutei." This Kaddish is recited at a Siyum as well as at a funeral.
===Kaddish Derabbanan===
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==Who should say Kaddish==
# Kaddish Derabbanan is recited after learning Torah Shebaal Peh while a minyan is present.<ref>Magen Avraham 69:4 quotes the Lechem Chamudot who says that even if only three or two people are learning they can say Kaddish Derabbanan afterwards. Biur Halacha 155 s.v. veyikva writes that you can say Kaddish Derabbanan even if only one person was learning.</ref>
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# The midrashim speak how a child saying Kaddish for a parent could save the parent from a harsh judgement in heaven. Therefore, the minhag is to say Kaddish for a parent as well as get the Aliyah of Maftir and to pray as the Shaliach Tzibur especially for [[Arvit]]. <ref>Kitzur S"A 27:1</reF>
 
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# The Sephardic minhag is that anyone who wants may say Kaddish even if that is a number of people together. <ref> Kaf HaChaim 132:16. The Chatam Sofer YD 2:345 records this as the Sephardic minhag as well.</ref> For a discussion on the Ashkenazic minhag see [http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/01/may-multiple-people-say-kaddish-simultaneously/ Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz]  
==When Kaddish is Reciting during Davening==
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# Although saying Kaddish and [[prayers]] in the merit of one's parents, the primary merit for parents is that a child follows in the just and proper way.<ref>Kitzur S"A 27:22</reF>
# At Shacharit, Half Kaddish is recited after Pesukei Dzimra, Tachanun, and after Aleinu. Full Kaddish with Titkabel is said after Uva Letzion.<ref>Levush 55:1 explains that since Shemona Esrei is a separate mitzvah it deserves a Kaddish after Tachanun. Aleinu includes pesukim and deserves a Kaddish afterwards. Additionally, Kaddish with Titkabel is always recited after Shemona Esrei. Mishna Brurah 55:2 and 132:10 cites this levush.</ref>
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# It is permissible to recite kaddish in memory of a non-Jew as long as the one who you are saying it for was a moral individual. <ref> Sh"t Yechave Daat 6:60 </ref>
# At Mincha, Half Kaddish is recited after Ashrei and Full Kaddish after Tachanun.<ref>Levush 55:1 explains that there is Kaddish after Ashrei since it is a mitzvah to be said and Titkabel after Shemona Esrei. Mishna Brurah 55:2 writes that the kaddish after ashrei is like any kaddish after pesukim.</ref>
 
# At Arvit, Half Kaddish is recited after Birchot Kriyat Shema.<ref>Levush 55:1</ref>
 
 
 
==Who Should Say Kaddish==
 
# The midrashim<ref>Kol Bo (cited by Bet Yosef 376) cites a midrash where Rebbe went a person who was stuck outside the next world until his son would say Kaddish or read the Haftorah for his merit. The Gra 376:6 cites other sources which cite the midrash.</ref> speak of how a child saying Kaddish for a parent, father or mother, could save the parent from a harsh judgement in heaven. The Kabbalists explain that the child saying Kaddish also elevates the level of the parent in heaven.<ref>Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 349) citing the Arizal (Shaar Hakavanot Drush Hakaddish 15b)</ref> Therefore, the minhag is to say Kaddish for a parent as well as get the Aliyah of Maftir and to pray as the Shaliach Tzibur especially for [[Arvit]]. <ref>Rama YD 376:4, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 27:1</reF>
 
# If a person’s parent passes away he should say kaddish for them even if the other parent is alive. If the mother passed away and the father doesn’t want his son to say kaddish for his mother while he’s alive, although it is best to convince him otherwise, the son should listen to his father. However, if a father passed away and the mother doesn’t want the son to say kaddish for his father while she’s alive he should try to convince her otherwise but if he can’t he doesn’t have to listen to her.<Ref>Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 338)</ref>
 
# Although we say Kaddish and [[prayers]] in the merit of our parents, the primary merit for parents is that a child follows in the just and proper way.<ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 27:22</ref>
 
# It is permissible to recite Kaddish in memory of a non-Jew as long as the one who you are saying it for was a moral individual. A convert should say Kaddish for his parents.<ref> Sh"t Yechave Daat 6:60, Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 358) </ref>  
 
# The Sephardic minhag is that anyone who wants may say Kaddish even if that means it will be a number of people reciting Kaddish together. <ref> Kaf HaChaim 132:16, Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 334). The Chatam Sofer YD 2:345 records this as the Sephardic minhag as well.</ref> For a discussion on the Ashkenazic minhag see [http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/01/may-multiple-people-say-kaddish-simultaneously/ Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz]. Many Ashkenazim have adopted the Sephardic minhag.<ref>Chazon Ovadia citing Tzitz Eliezer 9:15:2 and Gesher Hachaim p. 333.</ref>
 
# As to whether a woman may say kaddish, it depends on the minhag of each place. <ref>The Pitchei Teshuva 376:3 cites the Chavot Yair 222 as holding that theoretically women could say kaddish but it isn't the practice and shouldn't be encouraged. Rav Hershel Schachter (B'ikvei Hatzon p. 24 no. 5) quotes Rav Soloveitchik as saying that it depends on the minhag and would be okay in places where it is common, though he adds it may only be said in a place where there is a minyan of men. Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 356) holds that a woman may not say it in shul but only at home after a minyan of men finishes learning. See Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin in [http://www.otzar.org/wotzar/book.aspx?144269&pageid=P0019 Teshuvot Ivra Siman 6], Rav Moshe Feinstein in Iggerot Moshe, Vol. 8, O.C. 5:12b, Rav Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss in Minchat Yitzchak 4:30), and Rav Yehuda Henkin's [http://www.daat.ac.il/he-il/tfila/mitpalel/kadish-yetoma/henkin-legufo.htm brief overview of the history of the subject].
 
Additionally, see Rabbi Reuven Fink's article "The Recital of Kaddish by Women" in the
 
RJJ's Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (XXXI, Spring 1996)</ref>
 
# A child younger than bar mitzvah may not say Kaddish and Barchu for the congregation except for the Kaddish Yatom at the end of davening.<ref>Mishna Brurah 55:4, Mishna Brurah 132:10</ref> According to Sephardim, it is proper to have an adult say it along with the child.<ref>Kaf Hachaim 55:19 holds that a child should only say it if an adult says it along with him. Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 354) holds that the child can say it alone but it is proper to have an adult say it along with him. </ref>
 
## A child may say kaddish after learning.<ref>Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 354)</ref>
 
# The practice is to say Kaddish for 11 months after a parent passes away and not 12 so that people don't think that the parent was a wicked person and is judged in Gehinom for the full 12 months. <ref>Rama 376:4. See Shiurei Bracha 376:8 who writes that based on the Arizal one should say Kaddish for 12 months but of what people will think it is sufficient to stop a week early and just say it for 11 months and 3 weeks.</ref> The Sephardic minhag is to stop the first week of the twelfth month and pick up until the end of the month.<ref>Chazon Ovadia (Aveilut v. 1 p. 336)</ref>
 
  
 
==Requirements for Kaddish==
 
==Requirements for Kaddish==
# One may only say Kaddish in a congregation of 10 men above the age of [[Bar Mitzvah]].<ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu 15:1</ref> The person saying Kaddish is included in the [[minyan]], meaning that there has to be 9 people listening to Kaddish besides for the one saying Kaddish. <ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:7</ref>
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# One may only say Kaddish in a congregation of 10 men above the age of [[Bar Mitzvah]].<ref>Kitzur S"A 15:1, Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1 </ref> The person saying Kaddish is included in the [[minyan]], meaning that there has to be 9 people listening to Kaddish besides for the one saying Kaddish. <ref>Kitzur S"A 15:7</ref>
# If one cannot find ten men, it is permissible to use one katan, 9 or 10 years old and who has therefore reached the age of [[chinuch]], for it is better than completely nullifying Kaddish. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1 </ref>
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# If one cannot find ten men, it is permissible to use one katan, 9 or 10 years old, who has reached the age of [[chinuch]], for it is better than completely nullifying kaddish. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1 </ref>
One is required to have the majority of the [[minyan]] of 10 men be able to answer one's Kaddish in order to recite Kaddish. There may be up to four people in a congregation of ten, who are not able to answer one's Kaddish, due to them being engaged in reciting [[Shmoneh Esrei]].<ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:7, Ben Ish Chai, Perashat Vayechi, 5</ref>  
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If there is up to four people in the [[minyan]] saying [[Shemona Esreh]] and will not be able to answer Kaddish, nonetheless, one may say Kaddish because there is a majority of the [[minyan]] who can answer.<ref>Kitzur S"A 15:7, Ben Ish Chai, Perashat Vayechi, 5</ref>
# If one began Kaddish with 10 men and one left, one may nonetheless finish Kaddish. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 7 </ref>
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# If one began Kaddish with 10 men and one left, one may nonetheless finish kaddish. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 7 </ref>
# One need not be meticulous and strict in making sure that everyone in the [[minyan]] has 2 pubic hairs. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 11 </ref>
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# One need not be meticulous and strict with regard to making sure that everyone is the [[minyan]] had 2 pubic hairs. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 11 </ref>
# If there are 10 men and one of the [[minyan]] is unable to answer to Kaddish, Kaddish may nonetheless be recited. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12 </ref>
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# If there are 10 men and one of the [[minyan]] is unable to answer to kaddish, kaddish may nonetheless be recited. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12 </ref>
# If there are 10 men and one of them is sleeping, Kaddish may nonetheless be recited. Nevertheless, one should wake up the sleeper. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12 </ref>
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# If there are 10 men and one of the [[minyan]] is sleeping, kaddish may nonetheless be recited. Nevertheless, one should wake up the sleeper. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12 </ref>
# A deaf man and a mute man may be counted for a [[minyan]], however, a deaf mute man is treated as a katan with regard to [[minyan]]. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 14 </ref>
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# A deaf man and a mute man may be counted for a [[minyan]], however, a deaf mute man is treated as a katan with regard to [[minyan]]. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 14 </ref>
===Minayn Shows Up Late===
 
# If there wasn’t a minyan during the learning and the minyan came afterwards it is proper to repeat a line of learning before the Kaddish.<ref>Magen Avraham 69:4 writes that you need the minyan to be present when the learning is taking place. Mishna Brurah 55:2 cites that the Taz disagrees but Gra follows the Magen Avraham. He advises being strict.</ref>
 
# If there wasn’t a minyan during Ashrei or Pesukei Dzimrah and the minyan came afterwards it is proper to recite three pesukim as a congregation before the Kaddish but many are lenient to just start Kaddish without saying three pesukim.<ref>Magen Avraham 69:4 holds that if the minyan appears only after learning they can’t say kaddish. Mishna Brurah 55:2 cites this Magen Avraham as well as the Taz who disagrees. He writes that it is proper to always repeat three pesukim before starting kaddish. Finally, he quotes the Pri Megadim M”Z 55:3 that for chatzi kaddish even the Magen Avraham agrees with the Taz. Mishna Brurah 53:11 says initially he should be strict for the Magen Avraham even in the case of a chatzi kaddish. Darkei Moshe 53:1 implies like the Pri Megadim.</ref>
 
  
==When Kaddish May Be Said==
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==When Kaddish may be said==
# If there is no [[minyan]] by the time the congregation reaches the end of [[Pesukei DeZimrah]], one should wait for a [[minyan]] prior to saying Yishtabach. If one says Yishtabach and only gets a [[minyan]] afterwards, the congregation should not say Kaddish until it  first says some pesukim.<ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:1</ref>
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# If there's no [[minyan]] when the congregation reaches the end of [[Pesukei DeZimrah]], they should wait for a [[minyan]] prior to saying Yishtabach because if they say Yishtabach and only get a [[minyan]] afterwards they shouldn't say Kaddish until they first say some pesukim.<ref>Kitzur S"A 15:1</ref>
# A congregation may learn pesukim of Torah and then say "kaddish yehe shelama". <ref> BI"H, Vayechi, 9 </ref>
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# A congregation may learn pesukim of Torah and then say kaddish yehe shelama. <ref> BI"H, Vayechi, 9 </ref>
# A congregation may learn words of the Oral Torah and then say "kaddish al yisrael". <ref> BI"H, Vayechi, 8 </ref>
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# A congregation may learn words of the Oral Torah and then say kaddish al yisrael. <ref> BI"H, Vayechi, 8 </ref>
===If Kaddish was Recited Mistakenly===
 
# On Friday night, if a congregation mistakenly said kaddish titkabel after shemona esrei before Vayichulu and Mein Sheva they would say Vayichulu and Mein Sheva after the kaddish and then say kaddish titkabel afterwards since the Mein Sheva is a conclusion of the tefillah and requires a kaddish titkabel afterwards.<ref>Igrot Moshe 4:70:13. [https://www.ykr.org.il/modules/Ask/answer/16021 Rav Yitzchak Mazuz] writes that this depends on the dispute in Mishna Brurah 693:1.</ref>
 
# At Shacharit, if a congregation mistakenly said after tachanun kaddish titkabel, according to Sephardim, they should say after ashrei and uva letzion the kaddish titkabel<ref>Rav Shlomo Mazuz in Simchat Cohen OC 28, Yalkut Yosef (Tefillah v. 2 132:8). Yalkut Yosef explains that it makes sense to say titkabel again after uva letzion since the uva letzion includes kedusha and several tefillot. This is connected to the opinion of the Eliyah Rabba 693:5.</ref>, while according to Ashkenazim they should say full kaddish without titkabel.<ref>Bet Shlomo (responsa 52), Chelek Levi 48, Rivevot Efraim 6:65, Yesodei Yeshurun (v. 1 p. 240). Bet Shlomo and all the others also connect this with the dispute regarding Purim night and says that the Ashkenazic minhag is like the Magen Avraham.</ref>
 
# On Motzei Shabbat, if a congregation recited kaddish titkabel after Shemona Esrei and then said [[Uva Letzion]] according to Ashkenazim they should say kaddish without titkabel afterwards.<ref>Rivevot Efraim 2:125:8 writes that since they already said kaddish titkabel on the shemona esrei they should just recite a full kaddish without titkabel after uva letzion. He compares it to the machloket between the Eliyah Rabba and Magen Avraham 693:1. Since the Ashekanzic minhag is like the Magen Avraham they should said kaddish without titkabel. However, Mishneh Halachot 6:16 writes that in this case only a half kaddish should be recited since titkabel is specifically for shemona esrei. His proof is the Levush 55:1 who writes that kaddish titkabel was instituted specifically to be said after shemona esrei. His only limitation of the Levush is selichot where we say titkabel at the end even though there was no shemona esrei. See Bet Shlomo 52 who disregards the idea of only saying half kaddish and is in favor of saying full kaddish because ashrei and uva letzion is no worse than shir shel yom.
 
[https://www.ykr.org.il/modules/Ask/answer/16021 Rav Yitzchak Mazuz] writes that this depends on the dispute in Mishna Brurah 693:1.</ref>
 
# On Chanuka, if a congregation mistakenly said kaddish titkabel after Hallel then after kriyat hatorah and uva letzion, according to Ashkenazim they should say full kaddish without titkabel and according to Sephardim kaddish titkabel.<ref>Otzar Halachot (Moadim v. 2 p. 58) based on Bet Shlomo 2:52</ref>
 
# If a congregation forgot to say kaddish titkabel after uva letzion they should still say it after shir shel yom or aleinu.<ref>Otzar Halachot (v. 1 p. 75) quoting Ishei Yisrael 26:11</ref>
 
# On Purim night there are three opinions about how to arrange the kaddishim: Some say that after shemona esrei a full kaddish with titkabel is said and after uva letzion a full kaddish without titkabel is said. Ashkenazim follow this opinion. Some say that both should be kaddish with titkabel. Lastly, some say that the first one is a half kaddish and second is kaddish with titkabel. Sephardim follow this opinion.<ref>
 
* On Purim night the Magen Avraham (Introduction to 693) writes that they should say kaddish titkabel after shemona esrei and then full kaddish without titkabel (yehey shlamah) after the megillah and uva letzion. Eliya Rabba 693:5 argues that they should say kaddish titkabel after shemona esrei and again after the megillah and uva letzion because the uva letzion includes several tefillot. Mishna Brurah 693:1 quotes both opinions. The Bet Shlomo 52 and Piskei Teshuvot 693:1 write that the Ashkenazic minhag is like the Magen Avraham.
 
* The Levush 693:1 holds that the kaddish after shemona esrei should be an incomplete kaddish and the kaddish after the megillah and uva letzion should be a complete one. This fits with the Levush 55:1 who writes that in Shacharit kaddish titkabel is really recited for shemona esrei but it is delayed to be said after uva letzion so that it includes the tefillot in uva letzion. Kaf Hachaim 693:1 quotes others who follow the Levush regarding Purim night. Yalkut Yosef 693:4 writes that the Sephardic minhag follows the Levush.</ref>
 
  
==Answering Kaddish==
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==Answering to Kaddish==
# It is proper to wait a little bit in between answering "[[amen]]" and "yehe sheme raba" when answering to Kaddish. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of answering to kaddish, seif 11 </ref>
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# It is proper to wait a little bit in between answering "[[amen]]" and "yehe sheme raba" when answering to kaddish. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of answering to kaddish, seif 11 </ref>
# A person should answer Kaddish even if it is from another minyan and he already prayed or is going to pray.<ref>Yalkut Yosef Tefillin 25:60 p. 374</ref>
 
  
==Proper Practices of the Congregation during Kaddish==
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==Proper practices of the congregation during Kaddish==
# One should face Eretz Yisrael during the recitation of Kaddish. <ref> Machzor Vitri Siman 278 </ref>
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# The congregants should listen carefully and answer the appropriate responses with kavana. <ref>Kitzur S"A 15:5</ref>
# The congregants should listen carefully and answer appropriately with kavana. <ref>Shulchan Aruch O.C. 56:1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:5</ref>
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# Anyone who answers "[[Amen]] Yehey Sheme Rabba..." with all of his strength and kavana any heavenly bad decree against him is ripped up.<ref>Kitzur S"A 15:5</ref>
## It is a grievous sin to talk during Kaddish.<ref>Mishna Brurah 56:1</ref>
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# Just like of does not walk in front of one who is praying, so too one should not walk in front of someone who is reciting kaddish. <ref> Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 2; Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 10) </ref>
## It is forbidden to learn even in one's mind during Kaddish. Instead a person should concentrate on the Kaddish.<Ref>Pri Chadash 68:1, Mishna Brurah 68:3, Mishna Brurah 56:1</ref>
 
## It is forbidden to daven during the middle of Kaddish until the end of the Chatzi Kaddish.<ref>Rav Nevinsal in Byitzchak Yikareh 56:1 writes that it is permitted to daven quietly after they completed the part of Kaddish that is Chatzi Kaddish because the rest is only a minhag. (Halichot Chaim 1:80 p. 35 quotes Rav Chaim Kanievsky as saying that it is permitted to continue to daven pesukei dzimrah or the like and only answer amen and amen yehey shemey rabba.)</ref>
 
## It is improper to fold one's tallit in the middle of Kaddish.<ref>Mishna Brurah 25:56</ref>
 
# Anyone who answers "[[Amen]], Yehey Sheme Rabba..." with all of his strength and kavana, will have any heavenly bad decree against him nullified.<ref>Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 15:5</ref>
 
# Just like one does not walk in front of someone who is praying, so too one should not walk in front of someone who is reciting Kaddish. <ref> Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 2; Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 10) </ref>
 
 
# If Kaddish began while one was standing, he/she should remain standing until after answering "[[Amen]] yehe sheme raba..." <ref> Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 8) </ref>
 
# If Kaddish began while one was standing, he/she should remain standing until after answering "[[Amen]] yehe sheme raba..." <ref> Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 8) </ref>
# The Sephardic custom is to respond "Amen yehe sheme raba..." until the word "Be'alma," and one should not answer "Amen" after the Chazzan says "Berich hu" unless one has completed the full response. <ref> Ben Ish Chai, Vayehi, 2; Rav Pealim, chelek 2, 13 </ref>
 
  
 
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5 Different Types of Kaddish

  1. Half Kaddish (Chatzi Kaddish)--this is the shortest of all of the Kaddishes ending with the words "da'amiran bialma vi'imru amen." This Kaddish is recited as a break between different parts of the service.
  2. The Mourners' Kaddish (Kadish Yatom)--this Kaddish is the same as the Half Kaddish with the additional insertions of the lines "Yehei shlama..." and "Oseh shalom..." This Kaddish is recited during the 11th month period following the passing of a parent and on the parent's Yahrzeit.
  3. The Full Kaddish (Kadish Shalem)--the same as the Mourners Kaddish with the additional line "Titkabel..." In this line we ask Hashem to accept the prayers of all of the Jewish people. This Kaddish is recited at the conclusion of Chazarat Hashatz and Slichot.
  4. The Rabbis' Kaddish (Kaddish Derabanan)--the same as the Mourners' Kaddish with the added line "Al Yisrael..."
  5. The Final Kaddish (Kaddish De'itchadeta)--similar to the Rabbis' Kaddish with the insertion "Be'alma di'itchadeta..." in place of "be'alma di'bera chirutei ve'yamlich malchutei." This Kaddish is recited at a Siyum as well as at a funeral.

Who should say Kaddish

  1. The midrashim speak how a child saying Kaddish for a parent could save the parent from a harsh judgement in heaven. Therefore, the minhag is to say Kaddish for a parent as well as get the Aliyah of Maftir and to pray as the Shaliach Tzibur especially for Arvit. [1]
  2. The Sephardic minhag is that anyone who wants may say Kaddish even if that is a number of people together. [2] For a discussion on the Ashkenazic minhag see Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz
  3. Although saying Kaddish and prayers in the merit of one's parents, the primary merit for parents is that a child follows in the just and proper way.[3]
  4. It is permissible to recite kaddish in memory of a non-Jew as long as the one who you are saying it for was a moral individual. [4]

Requirements for Kaddish

  1. One may only say Kaddish in a congregation of 10 men above the age of Bar Mitzvah.[5] The person saying Kaddish is included in the minyan, meaning that there has to be 9 people listening to Kaddish besides for the one saying Kaddish. [6]
  2. If one cannot find ten men, it is permissible to use one katan, 9 or 10 years old, who has reached the age of chinuch, for it is better than completely nullifying kaddish. [7]
  3. If there is up to four people in the minyan saying Shemona Esreh and will not be able to answer Kaddish, nonetheless, one may say Kaddish because there is a majority of the minyan who can answer.[8]
  4. If one began Kaddish with 10 men and one left, one may nonetheless finish kaddish. [9]
  5. One need not be meticulous and strict with regard to making sure that everyone is the minyan had 2 pubic hairs. [10]
  6. If there are 10 men and one of the minyan is unable to answer to kaddish, kaddish may nonetheless be recited. [11]
  7. If there are 10 men and one of the minyan is sleeping, kaddish may nonetheless be recited. Nevertheless, one should wake up the sleeper. [12]
  8. A deaf man and a mute man may be counted for a minyan, however, a deaf mute man is treated as a katan with regard to minyan. [13]

When Kaddish may be said

  1. If there's no minyan when the congregation reaches the end of Pesukei DeZimrah, they should wait for a minyan prior to saying Yishtabach because if they say Yishtabach and only get a minyan afterwards they shouldn't say Kaddish until they first say some pesukim.[14]
  2. A congregation may learn pesukim of Torah and then say kaddish yehe shelama. [15]
  3. A congregation may learn words of the Oral Torah and then say kaddish al yisrael. [16]

Answering to Kaddish

  1. It is proper to wait a little bit in between answering "amen" and "yehe sheme raba" when answering to kaddish. [17]

Proper practices of the congregation during Kaddish

  1. The congregants should listen carefully and answer the appropriate responses with kavana. [18]
  2. Anyone who answers "Amen Yehey Sheme Rabba..." with all of his strength and kavana any heavenly bad decree against him is ripped up.[19]
  3. Just like of does not walk in front of one who is praying, so too one should not walk in front of someone who is reciting kaddish. [20]
  4. If Kaddish began while one was standing, he/she should remain standing until after answering "Amen yehe sheme raba..." [21]

Sources

  1. Kitzur S"A 27:1
  2. Kaf HaChaim 132:16. The Chatam Sofer YD 2:345 records this as the Sephardic minhag as well.
  3. Kitzur S"A 27:22
  4. Sh"t Yechave Daat 6:60
  5. Kitzur S"A 15:1, Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1
  6. Kitzur S"A 15:7
  7. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 1
  8. Kitzur S"A 15:7, Ben Ish Chai, Perashat Vayechi, 5
  9. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 7
  10. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 11
  11. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12
  12. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 12
  13. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 14
  14. Kitzur S"A 15:1
  15. BI"H, Vayechi, 9
  16. BI"H, Vayechi, 8
  17. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of answering to kaddish, seif 11
  18. Kitzur S"A 15:5
  19. Kitzur S"A 15:5
  20. Kitzur S"A of Rav Rephael Baruch Toledano, siman 12, laws of kaddish, seif 2; Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 10)
  21. Ben Ish Chai (Vayechi, 8)