Each week when we have services over Zoom, I like to find part of our musical heritage to end the service – sometimes contemporary and sometimes an historical treasure. These past two weeks I was with families as we buried their beloved husbands, fathers, and grandfathers – both men born in Istanbul. In their memory, here is the link to the Sephardic Turkish music we played on Shabbat this past week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyuSTIwL1RI
On Sunday we buried Ruth Simkin, or as many of us knew her, Ruthie. Ruth was an extraordinary soul who lived life in full colour, and at full tilt – right to her end. Before Shabbat, we circulated an article that Sam Margolis wrote about her – here is another: http://www.ruthsimkin.ca/Dr._Ruth_Simkin/About_Me.html
May her soul, and the souls of all we have loved, rest in peace, and may we all be inspired to seize life with both hands – and bring tikkun, repair to our broken world.
On June 28th, Tuesday evening, I will be leading a Bikkur Cholim workshop. Bikkur Cholim is understood as visiting the sick – wherever they may be, in hospital, hospice or at home. Caring for members of our extended Jewish community is so essential. Visiting those who may no longer be able to join in community events provides both visitor and the one visited with sustenance and connection. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about how you might engage in those most essential mitzvah.
With love, l’chaim,