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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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Simcha Bart for Chabad.org February 10, 2017

It may be recited at funerals and unveilings, at cemetery visitations, and in the synagogue on the Shabbat before a yahrzeit, and at yizkor services - though customs may vary from community to community. Similarly, there are various customs as to what times of the year it should not be recited. It is often recited by the Rabbi or cantor leading the services.

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YY NYC February 9, 2017

When may Keil Malei Rachamim be recited, and by whom? Reply

Anonymous Virginia October 15, 2015

My Mother passed 11 yrs ago.I have been quit I'll for over 25 yrs.At the time of her death (Oct 31,2004) I was not able to have medical clearance to travel a long distance to attend her ceremony.
I have since that time had 5 more surgeries, rendering again, the inability to go to her graveside.
I am going this weekend to finally allow peace to settle my mourning heart.
I am very anxious and I want to do the right thing when I see her stone for the first time in over 11 yrs.
I contacted a dear,much more religious person,than myself.
He lead me to this... "Googled" prayer.
Thank you so much for allowing me to complete this journey and process.
No more suffering in silence.
My mission will be finalized and I can NOW move forward to heal myself.
I feel like I am at peace.Thank you Chabad. Reply

DEBORAH SCOTT GREENVILLE September 7, 2015

My Great Aunt is being cremated tomorrow. I have begged and pleaded for her to be buried. Those in control have made up their minds and will not listen. I showed this article hoping it would change the direction. No response. How could this be? Reply

Steve October 21, 2014

Is one allowed to say this prayer during the month of Tishrei ? Reply

ANONYMOUS NEW HYDE PARK, NY 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. Reply

Chabad.org Staff November 18, 2013

Yes you may print the image, please treat the page with respect. Reply

Anonymous holyoke November 15, 2013

Is it OK to print this page? Reply

Deena Landau Graber Stamford CT July 27, 2013

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. Reply

Kaden Canada 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! Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for Chabad.org December 18, 2012

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. Reply

Anonymous Florida December 18, 2012

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? Reply

Carole sydney, Australia October 8, 2012

Thank you for the clear and concise guidance. Reply

Leah Old bridge , NJ December 23, 2011

Di you say this prayer on Chanukah at a funeral Reply

Anonymous Seattle September 17, 2011

..so helpful. Reply

Anonymous Jax., FL/USA July 5, 2011

Would it be possible to have this prayer either spoken out loud or sung? I am preparing an unveiling for my Mother (for blessed memory) and hearing it would be most helpful. Reply

Riva Brown Wilmington, De September 17, 2009

Thank you for having the answers to my questions in a reliable and searchable format Reply

Anonymous chandigarh, india May 25, 2009

“Prayer changes things.” It puts us into direct contact with God, and thus brings God into more active contact with our personal lives and surroundings. That more intimate, active presence of God does indeed tend to change things in and around us. Reply

Anonymous October 3, 2008

Thank you! Reply