Tuesday, November 21, 2023

An Israeli Funeral

Every day we observant-type Jews pray for a messiah, a person, probably, who will bring the world out of darkness. I always ask for a few serious miracles to accompany that. 

That we believe this, well, it is a personal thing, but it is what they are singing in the video above, a funeral. In America you don't see this. But here we see the mother of a fallen soldier, Binyamin Meir Airley, leaving her son's gravesite, praying as she walks between two lines of friends and family (this is customary everywhere), Binyamin a cousin of a cousin of mine. 

Following the funeral is the shiva, the 7 days of mourning for first degree relatives. We say, when we leave them after a visit:

 המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים  .

Hamakom (G-d) should comfort you among the gates of the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Until I saw this video, honest, I'm not sure I ever really understood what that meant. 

To happier times!


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