Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm not good at waiting

I'm in a strange halachik-Jewish Law- status.  According to our LOR*, I can't start the official pre-funeral mourning or onan, because I'm not part of the funeral planning crew for my mother.  That status will start for me once I'm off to the funeral, to which I'm going alone from here.

my parents a few years ago here in Israel
I've never been good at waiting, nor letting other people make my plans, but now I'm in a "just waiting for orders" situation.  Almost everything has fallen on my sister, part of the package she got when she agreed to have our parents move to Arizona, and she is being assisted in New York, where the funeral will be, by my NY daughter and a cousin, who will host the first stage/night of shiva after the burial.

Today our family is spread out all over the world, doing all sorts of things, but we were once your typical New York Jewish family.  Both of my parents were the first generation to be born in America.  They (and I) were born in Brooklyn, New York.  Then we lived in Bayside, NY and after that Great Neck, just over the City Line. 

Now my sister is in Arizona, and I'm in Israel.  Our brother is still on Long Island.  We have cousins and their children much further afield.

Many of the cousins from both sides and some old friends  will be making every effort to be together at my mother's funeral.  That will be a comfort.

*local Orthodox rabbi

4 comments:

goyisherebbe said...

Your mother was named Shirley! So was my mother and Janet's mother. יהי זכרה ברוך. Hang in there with your waiting. We'll see you when you get back.

Batya said...

goyish, no surprise; we're family
all bnai Shirley!

Ann Bar-Neder said...

Not an easy status, All you can do is try to read and rest and sleep. Have a safe trip to the States. Put you trust in Hashem and all will go well.

Batya said...

Ann, thanks, I'm just trying to keep myself busy.