Kaddish de'Rabanan, by Ivan Ickovitz

Ivan Ickovits

Kaddish de'Rabanan
Teaching by Ivan Ickovit

Some Kavvanot for Kaddish:
It is a recurrent kabbalistic meditative theme to practice yichudim (unions or unifications of the Name), that is to complete or to perfect the name of YHVH which has been damaged in the creation of the worlds. Before performing many mitzvot, we invoke the intention that the mitzvah we are about to perform is being done with the intention to cause the unification of the Divine name. For example, for the sefirat ha'omer, we invoke a yihud before the action of counting the number. During Pesach, in some haggadot, we also actively perform yichudim before drinking from the four cups of wine and before we do the bedikkat hametz, and before the biyyur hametz, etc. Much of the so called Tikkun Olam is done with this kind of conscious concentration.

Do not read shmei hmv but expand it into Shem YH [ hy <v ] . So this reads as Yitgadal v'yitkadash shem YAH rabah. Note also that Yitgadal v'yishtabach in Hebrew contain eleven letters vdqtyw ldgty. So this first line is in itself a prescriptive practice to unify the name hy with hw.

Chant : abr hy <v vdqtyw ldgty
Yitgadal v'yitkadash shem YAH rabah

Notice: the letters of abr meaning grand or large can be re arranged to arb meaning created.
Alternative translation instead of he created the world as he desired, we could read it as he created the world as his friend.
Amen = A-D-N-Y + Y-H-V-H in gematria <an ongoing active unification of the name>
Yitgadal v'Yitkadash,.... are ten such words of glorification corresponding to the ten commandments, the ten utterances of creation, the ten plagues, etc. and why do Yitgadal and Yitkadash stand separately from the other eight? The first two (of the ten) commandments (Anochi, and lo yichye lachem) came directly from K"BH, whicle the other eight are through Moshe Rabeynu.
Torah in gematria adds up to 611 which is two less than the 613 mitzvot (Taryag). This is evidenced by the construction of human hands which have eight fingers and two thumbs -- to show us that without the thumbs we cannot grasp anyhting, and so analogously, K"BH shows us that the breath of life is held in His hands by means of the first two of the ten commandments.
The three yuds yyy of Yitgadal, Yiheye, and Yitbarach in the kaddish form one of the names of the 72 letter name and also are connected to the three initial letters of the priestly blessing: Yevarechecha, Ya'er, and Yisa, and so anyone who recites the Kaddish, it is as though he is invoking the Name.
{Slow meditative chanting of the Kaddish.}


May God's great Name grow exalted and sanctified.
(Cong: Amein)
In the world created as God willed, and in which God's kingship will reign, {when salvation will sprout, and the Mashiach will be near} during your lifetimes, and days, and in the lives of all of the family of Israel.
In cyclical time, and in near time, and say Amein. (Cong: Amein)
May the great Name be blessed in the world, in the world of worlds.
Blessed, praised, glorifed, exalted, extolled, mighty, upraised, and lauded be the name of the Holy One,
Blessed is God. (Cong: Brich Hu)
Beyond all Blessing, and songs, praise, and consolation, that are uttered in the world, and respond Amein.
(Cong: Amein)
Upon Israel, upon the teachers, and their students, and the students' students, {and upon all who engage in Torah,} those who are here and those who are elsewhere
May they and you have abundant peace, grace, kindness, long life, ample nourishment, and salvation, from before their parent who is in heaven {and in earth.} respond: Amein. (Cong: Amein)

May there be abundant peace fron Heaven and {good} life upon us and upon all of Israel , and respond: Amein. (Cong: Amein)

May the one who makes peace in the heights, in compassion, make peace upon us and upon all Israel. and respond Amein. (Cong: Amein)
Yitgadal V'yit'kadash Shmei Rabah
(Cong: Amein)
B'alma di vra chi'rooteh v'yamlich malchuteh
{V'Yatzmach Purkanei v'Yikarev Meshicheh}
b'chayeichun, u'v'yomeichun, u'v'chayei d'chol beit yisrael,
B'agalah u'vzman kariv, v'imru: Amein (Cong: Amein)
Y'hei sh'mei rabbah, me'vorach, l'ollam almei almaya,
Yitbarach. v'yishtabach, v'yitpa'ar, v'yitromam, v'yitnasei, v'yithadar, v'yit'aleh, v'yithalal
Shmei di'kudshah,
Brich hu, (Cong: Brich Hu)
L'eylah min kol bir'chatah v'shir'atah
Tush'be'chatah v'nehematah, de'amiran be'alma, v'imru: Amein (Cong: Amein)
Al yisrael, v'al rabanan, v'al talmideihun, v'al kol talmidei talmideihun, {V'al kol man d'askin b'oraitah} di be'atrah hadein, v'di b'chol atar v'atar.
Ychei l'hon, u'l'chon shlomo rabah chinah v'hisdah, v'rachamim, v'chayyin areichin, u'm'zonei r'vichei, u'farkanah, min kadam avu'hon di 'be'shmaya {v'arah} v'imru: Amein (Cong: Amein)
Yehei Shlama Rabah min Shemaya v'chayyim {tovim} aleinu v'al kol Yisrael, v'imru Amein. (Cong: Amein)
(three steps back, bow left and say oseh ...., bow right and say, Hu brachamv ya'aseh..., bow forward
and say, v'al kol Yisrael v'imru: Amein)
Oseh Shalom bi'm'romav, hu b'rachamav, ya'aseh shalom aleinu v'al kol yisrael v'imru: Amein. (Cong: Amein)

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