Celebrating Life

My oldest son, Paul, and I went to the funeral of a very dear family friend this morning. The Rabbi, as many of us say at the start of a funeral, said, “we are here today to celebrate the life of _________.” (It may not be the exact quote from this morning.) Our dear friend was 88 year sold, and what a life he had! I feel so blessed that he was a part of our lives. He and his wonderful wife were at our children’s wedding, bris’s, baby namings, birthday celebrations; and celebrated Shabbat and holidays with us. We celebrated special occasions and holidays at their home as well.
They are as close a family as we are and I always felt the love when they were together and when we talked about their wonderful family. My friend told me that they just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago and she told me some of the reactions she received since her husband was regressing due to his illness. I told her that some people do not under their relationship. They were as one, and when apart, they do not feel whole. I understand that since that is how I feel about Ron. We celebrated his life, and their lives together this morning.
This evening at services things get turned around when I take a birthday cake (that I baked) to synagogue to celebrate one of my congregant’s birthdays. He turned 105 years old yesterday. What an amazing man he is! Off and on this week, I thought about all the things that he has seen and experiences over the years. The inventions, progressions, etc. He does not look 105. His skin is still beautiful, doesn’t take any meds, and I hear him singing with me every friday night that I am officiating services.
Today we celebrate life! L’chayim! Shabbat Shalom.

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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