Kaddish, Re-valued

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By Sheri Lindner | Prayer

KADDISH, TRADITIONAL
Reader
:   Let God’s name be made great and holy in the world that was created as God willed.  May God complete the holy realm in your own lifetime, in your days, and in the days of all the house of Israel, quickly and soon.  And say: Amen.
Congregation:  May God’s great name be blessed, forever and as long as worlds endure.
Reader:   May it be blessed and praised and glorified, and held in honor, viewed in awe, embellished and revered; and may the blessed name of holiness be hailed, though it be higher than all the blessings, songs, praises, and consolations that we utter in this world.  And say: Amen.
May heaven grant a universal peace, and life for us, and for all Israel.  And say: Amen.
May the one who creates harmony above, make peace for us and for all Israel, and for all who dwell on earth.  And say: Amen.

KADDISH, RE-VALUED
Note:     
When Kaddish is recited throughout the service, the Reader introduces the “dialogue” and the Congregation articulates the God experience. The Reader affirms the Congregation’s elaboration.
When Mourner’s Kaddish is recited, the participant roles are designated in parentheses: the Congregation introduces or structures the dialogue, while the Reader or Mourner articulates the God experience, which is affirmed by the Congregation.

Reader (Congregation):
We stand before the Idea God

Congregation (Reader/Mourner):
by which we mean
all that holds us spellbound within
the abiding Symmetries of the Universe
Beauty that brings us to our knees
Consciousness too deep for words
the unutterable Known
the mystery of Becoming
Loving that takes our breath away
the stretching forth
of our most Awakened Selves
toward Holiness

Reader (Congregation):
This is what we mean by God
the Idea of a thousand thousand facets
ungraspably complex
eluding language

Congregation (Reader/Mourner):
but because our living is bound up
with all this
as much as it is bound up with air
we breathe like air
One Unified Word
to hold for us
All that is beyond holding
but must be held nonetheless
Gratitude compels us
to vow before this Incomprehensible All
and to Each Other
to safeguard
Minds that can imagine
such an Idea
Hearts that can open to
such an Idea
our own precious Humanity
that will forever refuse
to be vanquished by
such an Idea
God

Amen