Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

May their memories be a blessing.

A rerun today because I do have goofy headpieces to show you, but I don’t feel like it right now.  Instead, some helpful hints re: non-Jews posting about the shooting.

Don’t talk about the victims being angels or being in heaven.  That’s not part of our tradition, at least not the way you mean.

That prayer hand emoji?  We don’t do that.

For fuck’s sake, DO NOT make reference to Jesus’ love for the victims.  I know you think Jesus is great and all, but we’ve been getting murdered in his name for centuries, so not really a popular dude on our end.

Want something nice to say?  May their memory be a blessing.  It’s traditional, it’s appropriate, and it’s part of their own tradition.  Also, ‘this is terrible’ or ‘I’m so angry’ or ‘time to impeach Trump’.  All lovely thoughts.

Don’t tell us how shocking this is.  It’s crushing, but if you’ve paid any attention since 2016 it’s no sort of shock.

 

A Litany of Remembrance

– by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

 

 

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