Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thanks, guys

Well, I've finished the eleven months of kaddish for my mother. Underestimating, we have twenty-two minyanim a week (which includes Shabbat mussaf, but none of the mussafim for other special days, or ne'ilah), four weeks in a month (an underestimate for ten of the eleven months), and eleven months. This comes to more than 968 minyanim. Vey'z mir. Why do I mention this? Because I don't think I was ever in a minyan that included ten people saying kaddish. In other words, kaddish is made possible by people who show up who aren't saying kaddish. Thank you, fellers.

In the past, I mostly davened at home except for Shabbat and yom tov. I'm now going to daven in shul more often. Not with the same sense of urgency as in the eleven months, but several times a week.

Thanks again.


Ann Deiedre Rosenberg said...

I, too, experienced the kindness of the orthodox connunity when my son was to have his bris at the Ark. A minyen was assembled out of air, it seemed. Did they go out on the street and recruit people? Pastries appeared, too.The moyul, Mordehi Teitelbaum, who could have stepped out of any of the past thousand years of Jewish histoy volunteered his time and expertise.

By the time we were praying, singing and beating on the desks with our hands I was in tears of gratitude and joy for having one of the most signifigant events of my life celebrated in a traditional manner.

I still pass some of the members of Alex's briss minym on the street or of the bus. I don't know if they remember me, but I will be grateful to them forever.

Michael Koplow said...

Thank you for your comment, Ann. I hope all is well with you and your family.