To the legacy of David Benamy, in whose loving memory I have the honor of speaking this Shabbat
Of the 150 chapters that comprise our people’s first and greatest prayer book, the biblical book of Psalms, only one of those chapters is attributed to the greatest Jew of all—Moses. That is Psalm 90, which contains humanity’s fervent appeal to God: “Establish for us the work of our hands!”
Moses’s appeal is not just for temporal prosperity, as some might interpret it. It is much grander than that. He is saying, “Let me know that my life has meaning beyond the days I have spent on earth. Let me be sure, O God, that the years of my earthly journey were not in vain. Let me know that in some way I live on.”
We express that same hope every time we visit a cemetery and every time we place a monument marker at the grave of a loved one.
One of the questions people ask me most frequently…
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