Sunday, April 10, 2016

#BlogExodus 2: Honor

Studying at a long-ago UAHC Kallah at Brandeis University 
One of the selections preceding the Mourner’s Kaddish in the Reform Movement’s prayer book says, in part, this:
We do best homage to our dead when we live our lives more fully,
even in the shadow of our loss.
For each of our lives is worth the life of the whole world;
in each one is the breath of the Ultimate One.
In affirming the One, we affirm the worth of each one
whose life, now ended, brought us closer to the Source of life,
in whose unity no one is alone and every life finds purpose
Whether I have lived it more fully or not, I definitely have lived each of the last nearly six years in the shadow of the loss of my mother. I best honor her memory (and feel closest to her) when I:
  1. Work to raise awareness about BRCA mutations and hereditary cancer.
  2. Study Torah, especially Lech L’cha (her favorite) and Pinchas, which includes the story of the daughters of Zelophehad.
  3. Speak my mind, which I don’t do often enough, but I’m getting better…
  4. Vote.
  5. Use the library.
  6. Nix a Marriott for a different hotel chain.
  7. Drink Dunkin’s coconut iced coffee (with a French cruller on the side, annually on Bastille Day, July 14).
  8. Root for the Yankees, even though I don’t follow baseball.
  9. Assuage irritability with a hefty “Feh,” or “A pox on her house!”
  10. Encourage friends to “Go with the right foot” to interviews, new jobs, and adventures of all kinds
  11. Gaze out on the Statue of Liberty and remember how lucky she and the rest of us are that her parents and my other grandfather, too, had the foresight, vision, courage, and moxie to leave eastern Europe in a timely way for the goldene medina.
Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this post is one in a series marking the days of the Jewish month of Nisan leading up to Passover, which begins at sundown on Friday, April 22, corresponding to 15 Nisan. If you want to play along, check out this year's  #BlogExodus and #ExodusGram prompts. Once again, this series of posts also is priming my heart, mind, and spirit to participate in Beyond Walls: Spiritual Writing at Kenyon, a six-day summer writing seminar that is an initiative of the Kenyon Institute at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.