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HATZI KADDISH for Friday Evening
by Michael Reid Winikoff

Cantor & Mixed (SATB) Choir with optional piano
Shabbat Ma-ariv (Evening) Service

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THE TEXT - The Kaddish (“sanctification”) prayer takes on different iterations and purposes in its ubiquity throughout Jewish liturgy.  While perhaps best known as a prayer of mourning, its original purpose was as a prayer after study.  In the main services, it occurs in its complete form (Kaddish Shalem) as the conclusion of the Amidah.  In its “half” (Hatzi) Kaddish form, it introduces the call to worship in the Shacharit (Morning) service, and the Amidah (Silent Devotion) in the Musaf (Additional), Mincha (Afternoon) and Ma-ariv (Evening) services. 

THE MUSIC - On a typical Friday evening, the Hatzi (aka "Reader's") Kaddish is chanted in a devotional natural-minor mode, often cadencing on the 5th degree of the scale.  This rendition draws inspiration from the great settings by Zavel Zilberts and Max Helfman. 

Challenge level - 2 out of 6 stars

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba [Amein]
B’alma di v’ra chir-utei
V’yamlich malchutei b’chayeichon uv’yomeichon uv’chayei d’chol beit Yisraeil
Ba-agala uvizman kariv, v’imru amein

Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varach l’alam ulalmei almaya

Yitbarach v’yishtabach v’yitpa-ar v’yitroman
V’yitnasei v’yithadar v’yitaleh v’yithalal
Sh’mei d’kud’sha, b’rich hu
L’eila [l’eila] min kol [mikol] birchata v’shirata tushb’chata v’nechemata
V’imru amein

Magnified and sanctified is His great name
Through all the world which He created at His will. 
May He establish His sovereignty during your life
And during the life of all the House of Israel,
Timely and soon, and let us say:  Amen.

May His great name be praised
for all time.

Blessed and acclaimed, lauded and glorified,
Exalted and honored, praised and adored
Is His holy name.  Blessed is He
[Far] beyond all blessings and hymns,
prayers and tributes
which can be rendered by humanity
And let us say:  Amen.