Peres coffin at the Knesset.
(photo credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)
Shimon Peres’s daughter, Tzvia Walden, used the Reform and Reconstructionist ending of the Kaddish, the mourners prayer, at the funeral service for her father on Friday morning.
The liberal Kaddish is identical to the traditional version except for the last line, which adds to “May He who creates peace from on high create peace for all Israel” the phrase “and for all the inhabitants of the world.”
Tzvia and her husband, Rafi, are members of the Beit Daniel Reform community in Tel Aviv and also members of the national council of the Reform Movement in Israel.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Reform Movement in North America, and Rabbi Nir Barkin, a Reform rabbi in Israel, who were at the funeral service, said afterward that it had been particularly appropriate for this Kaddish to be used for the former president and prime minister.
The moving Kaddish said by Peres’s daughter was in keeping with his world view, of including people from all walks of life under a shared umbrella with equal rights, said the rabbis. The addition expresses Peres’s legacy and his will and dream for peace, not only for Israel but for all the inhabitants of the world.