Hebrew Language/Root word

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Question
Suddenly the light went on:
קדוש
קדיש

These must be the same root: QDSH.  I guess my question is how did Kaddish get the name implying holy?  Is the emphasis on the first syllable of Kaddish incorrect?  Should it be kadDISH?

Toda raba.

Answer
Hi Steve,

QDSH derivations include 'holy' (kadosh) and 'sanctification' (kidush). The kadish relates more to sanctification than to holy.

As to which syllable is emphasized: Your first example is the common East European/Yiddish pronunciation, while the 2nd one is the modern Hebrew/Sephardic pronunciation.

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Gaddy

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