Thursday, April 24, 2008

In Memorium

I'm taking a slight break from the usual contemplation to remember the passing of my father-in-law (well, not legally, but figuratively my "in-law") Arthur Potts. My partner's dad passed away Tuesday morning. He'd been sick with pneumonia, and when he finally got to the hospital, he had a heart attack. I will always remember how friendly and polite Mister Potts was to me, and how he'd always wear a blue fishing hat that he'd keep shifting about on his head as he'd talk. I saw many of Isabelle's physical mannerisms in her dad, particularly the bouncing at the knees as she stands and talks to people.

So, for my Jewish partner, I am including the English translation of the Kaddish, the Hebrew prayer of mourning for her father, Arthur:

Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

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

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Susan, and I hope Isabelle knows you sent this along on your blog. The Kaddish is beautiful. I was grateful that Isabelle took part in your Dad's funeral and it says once again that we all can live together and pray together. Amen..