In recent years, the most significant conversations I had with Jenna focused on spiritual matters. She had begun identifying as Jewish and together we were feeling our way through the potential minefields of belief and worship. Many of Jenna's questions were astute and some were beyond my level of knowledge; answering her led me to a greater understanding of my own faith. I will deeply miss the conversations we had about ethics and morality, about worship versus belief, about the history and borders and (sometimes) confines of Judaism. To honor this part of her life, El Maley Rachamim, a selection from the Mourner's Kaddish.|
EL MALEY RACHAMIM
Elmaley rachamim shochen bamromim, Hamtzey menucha nechona tachat kantey hashchina, Bemaalot kdoshim uthorim kezohar Harakeea mazhirim,
et nishmat Jenna Shehalacha lolama, Baavur shenadvoo tzedaka Bad hazkarat nishmata, Bgan ayden thay menuchata, Lachen baal harachamim Yastireyha Bseter knafav lolamim Vyitzror bitzror hachayim Et nishmata,
Adonai hu nachalata, Vtanuach bshalom Al mishkava, Vnomar Amen.
O God, full of compassion, Thou who dwellest on high! Grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Thy presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament unto the soul of Jenna, who has gone unto eternity. Lord of mercy, bring her under the cover of Thy wings, and let her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life. Be thou her possession, and may her repose be peace, Amen.
EL MALEY RACHAMIM used with permission, from Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Inc.
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