My Kaddish Community

by JanetheWriter 

This week marks six months since I became a mourner. It’s hard to believe that my family and I are more than halfway through the 11 months, and yet, the weeks and months are ticking by and here we are. 

Although this has been a sad and difficult time for us–especially as we made our way through November’s triumvirate of my mother’s birthday, Thanksgiving and my parents’ anniversary–I am ever grateful for the Shabbat minyan at my congregation, which I first wrote about here. In the months since the summer, I have only grown more fond of and more appreciative of each and every one of its members who have welcomed me into their midst and gathered ’round to help me honor my mother’s memory. 

At this season of Thanksgiving, as I continue on the mourner’s path, I offer this blessing to God and to my kaddish community:

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, who brings us good companions with whom to mark the joys and sorrows of our lives.  Amen.

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About JanetheWriter

JanetheWriter writes and edits for the Union for Reform Judaism. When she's not writing and editing, JanetheWriter enjoys many of the usual pastimes of New Yorkers including hanging with friends, poking around the city, people watching, going to the movies, visiting museums, browsing in bookstores, dining out, and perusing the Sunday paper. She’s a regular worshipper at the Shabbat minyan at Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, NY, where she also serves on several committees. Additional writings can be seen on her blog, JanetheWriter Writes.

3 Responses to “My Kaddish Community”

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    Beautiful blessing!

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    AMEN – Well said!!

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    Your mother is a unique person…she has left this world for the next. Though her loving and accepting spirit for all Jews and people remains in this world (B”H). Like Jacob, she chose to focus on the Olam Habah sowing deeds of Torah study and living the lessons of our ancestors.
    I add to your blessing these additional words for seeing a beautiful person:
    Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, she-ka-cha lo ba-o-la-mo.
    Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who has this in Your universe.
    Your mother was beautiful in many, many ways too numerous to count.

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