Omer Learning 2019: Day 46 | Siddur Q & A: In some shuls I’ve been to, ev…

Today is 46 days, which is 6 weeks and 4 days of the Omer

Instructions for counting the omer are found on our Omer Overview Page. You can find the specific blessing for today at

We’re dedicating new Siddurim on the first day of Shavuot. In honor of this wonderful occasion, we’re using the counting of the Omer to learn about the siddur.

Enjoy today’s siddur related question and answer, which was provided by Rabbi Bass.

In some shuls I’ve been to, everyone stands for the Mourner’s Kaddish. In other shuls, only mourners do. Is there a preferred tradition?

There is not a preferred tradition. For some communities, when the mourner stands alone for the mourners’ kaddish, it is an opportunity for the community to know who is in mourning or observing a yartzeit, and approach that person to offer help as needed.

In other communities, there’s a feeling of comfort and support that is achieved by standing up together with mourners and people observing yartzeit.

In our congregation, we offer people the choice, although most people prefer to stand for the kaddish. And we are small enough that we usually know who is in mourning.