Kaddish - Sightings (Joshua Fiegelson)
As a long time reader (and reposter) of Sightings essays from the Martin Marty Center, I again do so. This essay is written by Joshua Fiegelson, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. In this essay he reflects on saying the Kaddish in honor of his recently passed father. The reason for writing the essay is to invite us to consider the relationship of private and public dimensions of religious traditions, including traditions of reciting prayers and gathering as community for these prayers. He writes from a Jewish perspective, which puts more emphasis on practice than doctrine. I think you will find this illuminating and helpful whether Jewish or not.