This traditional prayer for the dead, with its mournful, rhythmic incantation, actually makes no mention of death but rather affirms God's presence in life. It is recited daily by mourners throughout the period of mourning.
Yitgadal v'yitkaddash sh'mei rabba.
B'alma di vra khirutei v'yamlikh malkhutei,
b'chayeikhon u-v'yomeikhon u-v'chayei d'khol beit yisrael,
ba-agala u-vizman kariv v'imru amen.
Yitbarakh v'yishtabbach v'yitpa'ar v'yitromam
v'yitnasei v'yit'hadar v'yitaleh v'yit'hallal
sh'mei d'kudsha b'rikh hu
l'ella min kol birkhata v'shirata
tushb'chata v'nechemata da'amiran b'alma v'imru amen.
Y'hei sh'lama rabba min sh'maya v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yisrael v'imru amen.
Ose shalom bimromav hu ya'ase shalom aleinu v'al kol yisrael v'al kol yoshvei tevel v'imru amen.
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.
May God's great name be blessed, forever and as long as worlds endure.
May it be blessed, and praised, and glorified, and held in honor, viewed with awe, embellished, and revered; and may the blessed name of holiness be hailed, though it be higher by far 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.