Monday, September 1, 2014

#BlogElul 6: Search

My hand searches for his,
reaching into the empty place.
I search my mind 
for more fleeting moments, more memories.
I search the faces 
of every almost-9-year-old I encounter and I wonder.
I search the eyes 
of my living children, worried and afraid.
I search my heart 
for the courage to honor his life.

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.


rbarenblat said...

This poem makes me clutch at my heart. Holding you and your family in my heart and in my prayers, always.

Laura said...

I believe that Sam is is in every face, we are all in every face, for we are all reflections of the Divine. You honor his memory by being the loving person you are. May you be blessed and everyone you love be blessed and all beings be blessed through moments of grief and of joy mysteriously woven together.