THE YIZKOR CANDLE by Jacqueline Becker as it appears in MSK anthology

 

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     It was time to light the Yizkor, or memorial candle.  We traditionally light it during the week of shiva, or mourning.  We light it at sundown just before we light the four major holiday candles.  We also light it on the anniversary of the death of a close member the family.  The candle represents the soul.  Yizkor is the command verb to remember.  It would translate into:  “He SHALL remember.”  Remembering is imperative in our religion.  The candle is meant to burn a full 24 hours. 

    When our department took our supervisor out to celebrate her retirement, we went to a small, lovely Mexican restaurant.  It was late afternoon and the staff began to light the candles on our table.  My colleague-friend, Debbi, looked at me and I looked back at her.  We were the only ones who understood.  We burst out in laughter.  We could not hold back as the tears streamed down our cheeks.     To be continued tomorrow…

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221 people are reading my book over the last 3 days.

This is the Garden – page 98 in my book RAGING AGAINST AGING

I started this perennial garden in 2002 – the summer after 9/11.  Sixteen years later – and this is what it looks like.  This is the first time that ALL THE FLOWERS BLOOMED SIMULTANEOUSLY.  I call it my Garden Symphony!

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN MY PRESENTATION. I JUST GOT ANOTHER BOOKING!

This charming lady helped me get another booking.  I will be presenting RAGING AGAINST AGING at Atria Senior Living in Roslyn Harbor.  It will be an interactive discussion about the 5 major concerns we all face as we age.  I hope this crowd will Age, Rage, Laugh, Cry, Stretch & Kvetch with me!  A shout out thank you to Emily Willens of the Great Neck Atria!

 

TO ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH THE SENIOR POPULATION:

THERE IS  a list of 5 MAJOR CONCERNS we all have.  We all can figure out what they are but what better way to sensitize or remind staff than through humor?

I am available to broach these tough subjects in an entertaining manner.  Just get in touch with me!