25 Elul 5775
by Len Goodman
Today the B’nai Mitzvah study ends and begins.
This morning I awoke.
She is not at my side, her presence is here throughout.
I started –
to fulfill a long ago desire and promise—
to study and learn to read Hebrew.
We should have stood together on this Bema.
Today, I stand with my daughters.
They will wrap me in my tallit.
Together we will honor a beautiful life—the beautiful life of Suzanne.
We joined the temple
committing me to a source of life
for over 45 years.
For me, it is not the edifice
or God’s presence in it
It is my memories
It is the love of family of friends.