Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Magnified and Glorified, Be His Holy Name!"

I have always been deeply moved by the interments of Jews,
which is why I have ironically attended so few.
I wasn't even at my father's funeral.
A prayer is said at funerals that is central to my faith.
"Magnified and Glorified, Be His Holy Name!"
Some funerals are horrific reminders of the banality of death.
It can come suddenly and as a complete surprise-
to a loved one, a child, a lover, a parent, a prime minister,
a sibling, an acquaintance, a neighbor, a stranger, a friend,
to anyone known or completely beyond our care.
It can come in a horrific display of sadistic cruelty
to many people at once.
With modern technology,
we see real deaths everywhere,
moving pictures of decapitations and people burned alive.
Bulldozers pushing piles of corpses into pits
without funeral or ceremony.
Every kind of death imaginable.
And as if that weren't bad enough,
we entertain ourselves with death, too.
So many different entertainment Heroes,
that inflict violent demise upon their enemies
watched by children and grown ups alike.
Why is this?
In Hebrew Culture death is the essence of impurity.
Could that be because it is a lie?
We all know that everyone must die.
What is the true reason that death makes people cry?
Are we grieved at our loss of love or the loved one's loss of life?
Can life really ever be lost? Can love?
I for one am not confused by any of the above!
I find the most awful and wonderful thing
to be one and the same.
There is no chaos and nothing is random,
the universe makes perfect sense!
It is life itself and a variation on a theme,
the undying contemplation of change in an ever flowing stream.
"I Will Be What I will Be!" is whatever you can deem!

Exalted and hallowed be His great Name.

Throughout the world which He has created according to His Will. May He establish His kingship, bring forth His redemption and hasten the coming of His Messiah!

In your lifetime and in your days and in the lifetime of the entire House of Israel, sword, famine and death shall cease from us and from the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon, and say, Artist!

"Artist! May His great Name be blessed forever and to all eternity, blessed."

May His great Name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified, exalted and extolled, honored, adored and lauded be the Name of the Holy One, blessed be He. Artist!

Beyond all the blessings, hymns, praises and consolations that are uttered in the world; and say, Artist!.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and a good life for us and for all Israel; and say, Artist.

He Who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Artist!

The One Thing

That is Always The Same,
All is God and Us,
Engaged in A Game!

A Catastrophic Tragedy. Maybe Not!


Jonathan Michael Robbins

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