Virtual Kaddish

Be part of a physical minyan (prayer service) virtually and say Kaddish to honor your loved one.

Those that are reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish can do so through modern technology of interactive video without having to be physically at a synagogue.

distant connection to a minyan, where no other connection is possible, one may fulfill one’s obligations as a mourner to honor the deceased”.

 


Wired to the Kadosh Barukh Hu: Minyan via Internet
RABBI AVRAM ISRAEL REISNER

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards sets halakhic policy for Rabbinical Assembly rabbis and for the Conservative movement as a whole, approved this paper on March 13, 2001.

 

Kaddish   “Minimally, it would seem that we could permit an individual to respond to the Mournerís Kaddish, and to fulfill his or her own obligation to recite kaddish thereby, though they would remain mute except to respond.

“Where there was a two-way voice connection to the whole of the minyan, as in an audio or video conference call, our preference, it would be proper for the individual mourner to recite the Mournerís Kaddish along with the minyan.

Though the distant mourner is not technically part of the minyan, kaddish is generic praise, neither utilizing Godís name nor constituting a berakhah, thus we are under no constraint to limit its recitation on that account. However, even in that case, the individual is not part of the minyan, and should not be the sole reciter to which the minyan responds.

Rather, some representative of the minyan must recite the Kaddish along with the individual at a distance. But it seems to me possible to be lenient even with one who hears and is not heard, allowing recitation of the kaddish by a distant mourner whom the congregation cannot hear as well. Whereas kaddish is only to be recited in the presence of a minyan, the individual reciting kaddish at home along with a duly  constituted minyan, but unheard by that minyan, is in a materially similar position to one muttering softly within the minyan among louder recitations. It is necessary to reiterate, however, that comfort finds its greatest expression in tactile contact and human warmth.

By a distant connection to a minyan, where no other connection is possible, one may fulfill one’s obligations as a mourner to honor the deceased …”

 

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