Written by Irvin L. Rozier

A July Third Sunday In South Georgia

Sunday morning, July 3d, 2005, arrived in south Georgia...it was a humid morning, butrepparttar birds were singing, I could hearrepparttar 146891 distance church bell ringing. I made some coffee and drank a cup of it on my porch. I then went torepparttar 146892 Lord in prayer, asking for his blessings as I was preparing to go preach atrepparttar 146893 nearby nursing home where I have preached forrepparttar 146894 last 17 years.

I arrived atrepparttar 146895 nursing home, and was warmly greeted byrepparttar 146896 residents. Asrepparttar 146897 song, "O What a Savior" began to play onrepparttar 146898 stereo,repparttar 146899 spirit ofrepparttar 146900 Lord moved in a loving way. The feeble residents lifted their voices and hands as they sang along withrepparttar 146901 song. We played a few more, including "Touring That City", a wonderful song about heaven andrepparttar 146902 joys that await us.

I then openedrepparttar 146903 word of God, and spoke on 1 Samuel Chapter 12 verses 16-19. The children of Israel had wanted their own king like other nations...a human king instead of King Jesus. The Lord granted their requests and gave them King Saul but he also sent trouble inrepparttar 146904 land. Samuel,repparttar 146905 man of God, prayed untorepparttar 146906 Lord, and he sent thunder and rain, and allrepparttar 146907 people fearedrepparttar 146908 Lord and Samuel...God's power was revealed in these thunders and lightnings, and made them realize that God indeed was in control ofrepparttar 146909 affairs of earth.

I then went over to 1 Kings 3, verses 5-28, and talked about another king, one sent by God, named Solomon. Solomon realized that withoutrepparttar 146910 Lord, he was as a child and could not rule his people. In Gibeon,repparttar 146911 Lord appeared unto Solomon in a dream and asked Solomon what could he give him. All Solomon asked for was wisdom and an understanding heart to judge his people. The speech Solomon made pleased God, and God granted his request and also gave him long life, and riches and honor...see, everything comes fromrepparttar 146912 Lord. Mind you, all this was going on in a dream...yes,repparttar 146913 Lord speaks to his children in dreams. Solomon awoke, and knew it was a dream. Then, his wisdom was put torepparttar 146914 test when two women came to him for a decision about a child. Solomon judged rightly inrepparttar 146915 case, and all of Israel heard about it and they feared (respected) Solomon because they could see thatrepparttar 146916 wisdom of God was with him. Mayrepparttar 146917 Lord God give us leaders of wisdom, and judges of understanding.

Soul Services: Saying Kaddish

Written by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

Soul Services: Saying Kaddish

There is an abundance of mystical significance torepparttar Kaddish prayer, which this article will touch upon; but first, some basics...

The most immediately noteworthy thing about Kaddish is that even though it is chanted by mourners, it is not a prayer forrepparttar 146890 dead. Exactlyrepparttar 146891 opposite. As you can glean from just a superficial reading, it consists solely of lofty praises forrepparttar 146892 Creator and heartfelt imploring forrepparttar 146893 perfection of Creation.

There are four variations of Kaddish: 'Whole,' 'Half,' 'Rabbis',' and 'Orphans'.' The first two are said only byrepparttar 146894 prayer leader,repparttar 146895 latter two byrepparttar 146896 mourners in unison, even though anyone who participates inrepparttar 146897 study ofrepparttar 146898 Oral Torah is entitled to sayrepparttar 146899 Rabbi's Kaddish.

The obligation of reciting Kaddish is part ofrepparttar 146900 mourning observances for a parent, sibling, offspring or spouse for one month, starting immediately upon burial. For parents,repparttar 146901 mourning continues throughrepparttar 146902 rest ofrepparttar 146903 year because ofrepparttar 146904 obligation of 'honor' in addition torepparttar 146905 mourning. When possible, it is preferable for a son ofrepparttar 146906 deceased to berepparttar 146907 Kaddish-sayer, rather than any other relative.

" ... Rabbi Akiva's mystical encounter with an lifelong sinner who had died..." So if Kaddish makes no mention ofrepparttar 146908 dead, and if it is so special, why do mourners say it? For one thing, it is an honor forrepparttar 146909 soul ofrepparttar 146910 deceased that its 'representative' is sayingrepparttar 146911 Kaddish. Primarily, it is a great merit and help forrepparttar 146912 soul during its year of judgment after death. This is especially true when it is said byrepparttar 146913 son(s) ofrepparttar 146914 deceased, and especially when those sons lead observant Jewish lives.

One way we know ofrepparttar 146915 extraordinary redemptive power of Kaddish is from a dramatic story that begins with Rabbi Akiva's mystical encounter with an lifelong sinner who had died and was suffering grievous, unrelenting punishment. The sinner informedrepparttar 146916 rabbi that only if his sole surviving child would reciterepparttar 146917 Borchu and Kaddish could he be redeemed. With great effort, Rabbi Akiva locatedrepparttar 146918 lad and taught him these prayers. Whenrepparttar 146919 youngster finally recited Kaddish inrepparttar 146920 synagogue, he earned his father's release. [1]

Saying Kaddish can also be very helpful forrepparttar 146921 mourners themselves. Just thinking aboutrepparttar 146922 ideas expressed as you say them (or before, or after) helps bring acceptance ofrepparttar 146923 tragic loss, even when it is seemingly unreasonable and still painful. It is important to remember that G-d has a master plan.

Having to chant Kaddish in public (a minyan is required) and, often, simultaneously with others, also helps to moverepparttar 146924 mourner beyond personal woes and to start thinking more communally. Kaddish-saying stops at eleven months, because "the judgment ofrepparttar 146925 righteous concludes after 11 months,repparttar 146926 wicked after 12," so to continue intorepparttar 146927 twelfth month would be to cast aspersion onrepparttar 146928 departed.

" The four letters ofrepparttar 146929 word Mishna(h) can be re-arranged to spell Neshama(h), meaning 'soul'..." In some communities,repparttar 146930 mourner teaches out loud a bit of Mishna and adds another Rabbis' Kaddish atrepparttar 146931 end of each ofrepparttar 146932 three daily services. The recommended texts, included in many versions ofrepparttar 146933 siddur, are very special, each citing various cases whererepparttar 146934 conclusion is 'Pure.'[2]

Mishna isrepparttar 146935 preferred vehicle of study in this situation.

Kaddish is not said in Hebrew. Rather, it is recited in Aramaic,repparttar 146936 main spoken language ofrepparttar 146937 Jewish people fromrepparttar 146938 period ofrepparttar 146939 destruction ofrepparttar 146940 first Temple (around 2400 years ago) pastrepparttar 146941 completion ofrepparttar 146942 Talmud (around 1400 years ago). Ifrepparttar 146943 reason is, as is traditionally understood, thatrepparttar 146944 majority ofrepparttar 146945 people were not fluent inrepparttar 146946 Holy Tongue, we can see how important it is forrepparttar 146947 mourner to understandrepparttar 146948 prayer he is saying.

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