March 24, 2020 — 28 Adar 5780
Kaddish and COVID-19: What can we do?
Can we assemble a minyan via the internet during this time of crisis?
What happens if I need to say Kaddish but can’t find a minyan because of the COVID-19 crisis?
How did Kaddish become associated with the dead?
- Reciting psalms: It is believed that the recitation of Tehillim (psalms) also helps the soul ascend. It is particularly common to recite psalms 16,17, 20, 23, and 49 for a dearly departed loved one.
- Studying Mishnah: The words Mishnah and neshama (soul) contain the same letters, “nun, shin, mem, hay.” It is customary to complete a tractate of Mishnah and have a Siyum (ceremony marking the conclusion of the study of a text) at the end of Shloshim (the first 30 days of mourning) in honor of the memory of the dearly departed loved one. This learning serves as a mitzvah performed on his/her behalf.
- Reciting an alternative to the Mourners Kaddish (I am working on composing one).
Can an exception be made to allow Kaddish to be said with a virtual minyan during an emergency situation such as COVID-19?
Though at this time we are not able to constitute a minyan, is there still value in joining together online to daven together?
It is important for us as individuals and as a community to take advantage of technology and stay connected. Stay tuned as more information is to come as we expand online services and classes.