The Curious Case of Kaddish

The Selihot Service begins with the great Hatzi Kaddish as sung prior to the Musaf Service of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  This text and the traditional melody associated with the pre-Selihot Kaddish leads us to study the Kaddish, its several versions, the contents, the history, the text, and its many melodies that our Ashkenazic tradition assigns to this prayer, based on the Jewish calendar.Finally, we shall examine its functions: the liturgical function to stop; and the musical function to prepare for what is coming next!The students are invited to sing along! We shall conclude with a full review of the pre-Selihot Hatzi Kaddish.

Facilitated by
Hazzan David Tilman
8:30 PM Eastern