Listen and Learn

Admitting we don’t know something as adults can be difficult.  For example, suddenly realising that you don’t have the knowledge to say the Kaddish at a parent’s funeral can, at times, be distressing and the learning process feel embarrassing.

We understand this and therefore are building up a resource of material which you can listen to, and learn, from the privacy of your own home.  If there is something you would like us to include, please drop an email to Rabbi Miriam.

It is possible to download the audio clips and save them on a computer or transfer them to a mobile device. Click on the download link and then, depending on your internet browser, either a new window will open and you can right click on this to save the audio or a window will be presented offering the option to save the clip.

Bereavement and Kaddish

More information on bereavement can be found here.

A copy of Kaddish is available here and you can listen to it below.

Mourners Kaddish – spoken

Kaddish is a prayer found in the Jewish prayer service. The central theme of the Kaddish is the magnification and sanctification of God’s name.

Torah and Haftarah blessings

The melodies for the Torah and haftarah blessings are below and the copies of the blessings can be found on the following links:

The B’nei Mitzvah melodies for the Torah blessings can be found on the B’nei Mitzvah page.

Blessing before Torah – Adult melody


Blessing after Torah – Adult melody


Blessing before Haftarah


Blessing after Haftarah

The Haftarah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days


Friday night candles and Kiddush

The blessing for lighting the Shabbat candles can be found in the siddur on page 447

Blessing for candles – spoken and sung

Two candles or more are lit on Friday evening

The Kiddush for Friday night can be found in the siddur on page 452.

Kiddush for Friday night

Kiddush, literally, “sanctification,” is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat

The blessing for bread can be found in the siddur on page 453.

Blessing for bread – spoken and sung

Challah is a special braided bread eaten, on the Sabbath and holidays.