Yesterday as I living with my morning conversation with Andy, an idea started to take form in my mind. I’m not a religious person. I don’t go to a synagogue, I”m not even sure how I feel about G-d but as a kid, I did have a very meaningful experience learning to pray in our Jewish community.
For years I went to Shabbat services and sat with my rabbi- Hebrew teacher until I got kicked upstairs to sit with the women when I turned 13. But the joy of prayer was with me.
During the service the mourner’s saying Kaddish would stand during the service to recite a the prayer with the leader and even though I was not mourning I stood too, following the lead of Rabbi Cohen. He maintained that those mourning needed our support. Even though my trips to the synagogue are rare these days, I always stand, supporting the mourners.
The prayer for mourning is a central prayer in Judaism and interesting that includes nothing about death or dying. It’s focus is on G-d. I still know it by heart.
So I’m thinking that I will say Kaddish for Eileen. Every morning, for 11 months, as I greet the day I will recite the prayer and spend some precious moments remembering Eileen.
Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.
May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.
Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.