The Chumash, the first Five Books of the Bible which recounts the beginnings of Jewish and World History, from Creation until the death of Moshe, Moses.
Deuteronomy Chapter 34 דְּבָרִיםThere has been something strange going on among neighbors in Shiloh and among even other friends of mine. For the past couple of months, it seems there always seems to be someone sitting shiva, sometimes even more than one at a time. All of the people I know of who have died, died of natural death. They didn't die in accidents or terror attacks. There was no great drama involved with their deaths. Their deaths had been expected. All were ill, suffering. When people ask me about my mother's death and I describe old age and physical deterioration, the accumulated cholesterol (like sludge) in the circulatory system and not waking up from sleep, so many people have similar stories about the recent death of their parents.
Yes, G-d controls coincidence the timing of life and death. Doesn't G-d have reasons? Coincidence isn't random.
My mother lived longer than anyone in her family. To reach the age of eighty-eight in her family, her parents and siblings, it's like living until one hundred and twenty one (121.) Her younger sister by five years, my Aunt Natalie Rosenberg, died just a few months ago. Only one other of their seven other siblings had passed her eightieth birthday, and if I'm not mistaken only one other even made it past seventy.
One thing many mentioned was that my mother was concerned about the importance of eating healthy food, whole wheat, fruits and vegetables and raw salads long before anyone else they knew. It obviously made a big difference. My mother had a very active life well into her eighties, but there's a limit how much we can improve our genetic make up. My mother's long active life was a triumph over nature.
She loved museums and volunteered as a docent in the Nassau County Art Museum. She had a special cane which could be opened into a chair, and that's how she got around when she needed to walk a lot. She stuffed everything she could into her life until she could no longer control her mind and body.
One thing for sure. She was a tough act to follow.
|My parents and I at the NCSY |
Ben Zakkai Honor Society Dinner when
I was inducted into the society.