When someone in our Bnai Tikvah community suffers a loss, we come|
together to offer our support. The word goes out via the CBT Newsletter
that a death has occurred and that the location and times of Minyan are
posted here. We respond fervently even for those we barely know.
at Althea's home: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday at 8pm. (to the Rabbi's or Cantor's Discretionary Funds)
Hit the play arrow on the left to hear the 1-hour lecture
or get the CD to play individual tracks at your liesure.
Pick up a copy at the synagogue office.
(A small donation is always welcomed.)
Click the player arrow to hear the 60 minute broadcast of Rabbi Wolkoff's|
insightful lecture of December 2008.
May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
HaMakom yenachem et'chem b'toch shar avay'lay Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
There are no magic words of solace, no ritual, however elaborate, that can take away the pain, the confusion, the
guilt, the sadness, the whole jumbled mess of emotions that arise at this most difficult of times.|
But, we can be there... Be there in the simplest and least imposing ways. We hug, we cry, we listen, and, of course, we bring food. (We are, after all, Jews). We try, not through our words but, through our actions, to say: "We are here, we care, we will not let you suffer alone." And if we do not know them yet, well, what better way to build a relationship and a community than to be there for each other at the darkest of times?
Around death and mourning, there is a world of ritual-specific burial practices, guidelines for mourners, advice for those who come to comfort them. Each of these traditions has a clear purpose and a profound meaning. Together, they allow the mourner to work through the grief and disorientation that death brings in its wake. And, in the end, they reinforce the bonds between the mourner and the community.
When our mourners at Bnai Tikvah leave the shelter of the shiva house, and return to "normal" life, they do so knowing that an entire congregational community of friends and neighbors has embraced them. And thus, out of the pain of death, comes a renewed appreciation of life.
Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff
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