Shabbat & Aging Parents

A majesty all its own.

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Gathering Our Prayers

The Midrash tells of the angels of prayer who gather our prayers together. Here, in this nursing home, they have to wait a bit and pause in the lobby by the door, as my father slowly recites each word. They linger patiently as this particularly sweet precious lilt is painstakingly completed. They carefully and gently catch each line and secure it in their hands. They weave the words of prayer gently into a crown that will adorn the Holy One on High.

This is not quite the Shabbat of yesterday, but it is surely the Shabbat of me’ein olam haba, a hint of the world to come, with a majesty all its own. Privileged, honored am I to add this to all those Shabbatot past.


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Rivy  Poupko Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik is the head of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. She was awarded the 2002 Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educators.