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Do I Say Kaddish Again?

Do I Say Kaddish Again?



If a mourner said Kaddish at services and then drops in to another synagogue to help complete the minyan, does he have to say Kaddish again?


As a rule, if you have already said a certain Kaddish and are present at a second minyan, you need not recite Kaddish again.

Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt writes that he was once shown a handwritten responsum of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, where he ruled that an exception to this rule is a case where if a person does not say Kaddish, people would suspect that he is not saying Kaddish for his parent altogether.

Our obligation to our parents is so very strong that we repeat the holy words of Kaddish rather than appear to disrespect them.

As an aside, irrespective of your obligation to your parents, Kaddish must be said at the appropriate places. Thus, if you are present at a minyan where there is no mourner present, you (or someone else whose parents are no longer alive) should recite Kaddish.

Rivivos Ephraim II 48:68, Glosses of RaMA to Shulchan Aruch 132:2.
Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for He lives with his family in Montreal, QC.
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December 1, 2010
Ephraim Ben-Uri: Say kaddish regardless...
It is very important for the soul of the deceased -- regardless of the child's upbringing, state of mourning, etc.

You can make a donation so that somebody will say Kaddish on your behalf.

Look for the article here:
Click on Lifecycles » Death & Mourning » Library » Online Books & Guides » The Significance of Kaddish
Mequon, WI
November 8, 2010
Mourner's qadish is never a requirement. That being said, there is no such thing as a qadish levatala (for no reason), and while no one should feel obligated to say it, anyone who chooses to, should know that this is a very old and nice minhag (custom).

And furthermore, even people who are not mourning for anyone may say an additional qadish; this may, however not always be advisable, as it is not proper to stray from the community at large's practice, when following the practice does not actually contradict halakha.
November 6, 2010
When do our parents stop raising us?
How do we say Kaddish if our parents did not really raise us nor do they practice Judaism. Do we only recite Kaddish when we really want to mourn or is it required even if we are not mourning the loss of a parent?
Ephraim Ben-Uri
Fuengirola, Spain