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This is a combination of journal and research project which Wieseltier tackled in response to his father's death. The author, a literary critic and journalist, was not a particularly observant Jew up to that time, but decided to take the Orthodox course of going to the synogogue to say kaddish, the prayer for the dead, every day for the year following his father's death. He also researched the history of kaddish and various rabbis' commentaries and tales...