A Thousandfold

rows of lit candles shining in the ddark
a beloved friend tells me
there are two times in a Jew’s life
and waiting for Shabbat
this week I left behind those blessed hours
and was immediately filled with hunger for the next
Lekha Dodi calling me, saying:
רַב לָךְ שבֶת בְּעֵמֶק הַבָּכָא
וְהוּא יַחֲמול עָלַיִךְ חֶמְלָה
for too long you have been dwelling in the valley of tears
I said Kaddish this week a thousandfold
Shloshim for my dear friend
Yahrzeit for my uncle, dead twenty years
Kaddish for the Palestinians I’ve never met
falling under bombs and buildings
a seemingly neverending Kaddish
for there has not been
a single day without death
since October seventh
and each life is a world
and each world has ended
and each ending calls me
to seven days of shuttered mirrors
and remembering
I say Kaddish a thousandfold
the valley of tears separating me
from the world I see and touch
in fathoms
in leagues
I breathe in
breathe out
and imagine her
a hand outstretched
my second soul within it
and ache to hold her again
לִקְרַאת שבָּת לְכוּ וְנֵלְכָה
כִּי הִיא מְקור הַבְּרָכָה
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

Ritualwell content is available for free thanks to the generous support of readers like you! Please help us continue to offer meaningful content with a donation today. 

Related Rituals

Shop Ritualwell - Discover unique Judaica products

The Reconstructionist Network

Get the latest from Ritualwell

Subscribe for the latest rituals, online learning opportunities, and unique Judaica finds from our store.