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Kel Maleh Rachamim - Prayer for the Soul of the Departed

Kel Maleh Rachamim - Prayer for the Soul of the Departed

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For a Man:

Hebrew and Transliteration:

Translation:

O G-d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of

(mention his Hebrew name and that of his father)

who has gone to his [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of his soul; may his place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter him with the cover of His wings forever, and bind his soul in the bond of life. The Lord is his heritage; may he rest in his resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.

For a Woman:

Hebrew and Transliteration:

Translation:

O G-d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of

(mention her Hebrew name and that of her father)

who has gone to her [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of her soul; may her place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter her with the cover of His wings forever, and bind her soul in the bond of life. The Lord is her heritage; may she rest in her resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.

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August 8, 2014
I am going to do an unveiling and will the printout. I will make copies so they can say the prayer too. The printout is ideal. Thanks.
ANONYMOUS
NEW HYDE PARK, NY
November 18, 2013
Re Printing
Yes you may print the image, please treat the page with respect.
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
November 15, 2013
Print
Is it OK to print this page?
Anonymous
holyoke
July 27, 2013
thank you
You have no idea what peace it brings to be able to search and find the answers to the things that mean so much, many thanks.
Deena Landau Graber
Stamford CT
July 17, 2013
This prayer has healed a rift between my mum
( may her memory be for a blessing ) and I.
I am at Peace with her passing and She is at Peace.
Thank you so much!
Kaden
Canada
December 18, 2012
To Anonymous from Florida
This prayer is recited, usually by the rabbi or cantor, on specific occasions such as the anniversary of passing (yahrtzeit), during the visit to a grave or at a memorial service. It is unique to the individual that it is being recited for, as his or her name is mentioned. Kaddish, on the other hand, is generic and is recited by the mourner, in the presence of a minyan, for 11 months following death, and each year on the yahrtzeit.
Eliezer Zalmanov
for Chabad.org
December 18, 2012
Why was this prayer chanted at the National vigil for Newtown instead of Kaddish?
The rabbi chanted this prayer at the service on Sunday evening. I am not familiar with the prayer. Most Jews are familiar with the Mourner's Kaddish. Can someone explain when this is used versus Kaddish?
Anonymous
Florida
October 8, 2012
thank you
Thank you for the clear and concise guidance.
Carole
sydney, Australia
December 23, 2011
El moleh
Di you say this prayer on Chanukah at a funeral
Leah
Old bridge , NJ
September 17, 2011
Thank you Chabad...
..so helpful.
Anonymous
Seattle
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