The shopping list

The shopping list

I started doing my shopping for Passover.

Matzah, butter, eggs.

And the new addition I never wanted, at least not yet,

the yahertzeit candle.

To ignite on the eve of the 7th day

so that I can recite the Yizkor prayers to remember you

as if I could forget.

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I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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6 Responses to The shopping list

  1. Tracy says:

    Oh Ellie, this made me cry. I love your family and you are all always in my prayers. xooo.

  2. Laurie Franklin says:

    Hi Ellie,
    Greetings from Missoula! May I have permission to use your poem, “the Shopping List”, as a reading at my congregation at Kaddish on Shabbat haGadol? It speaks to me deeply, and I am certain will resonate with others. I will credit you.
    Todah rabah,

  3. Elizabeth Spitzer says:

    When I light my candles, I also think — as if I would, could, ever forget. Beautifully written.

    • marilyn wax says:

      oh ellie, it was my honey’s favorite holiday. thank you for your beautiful words. as if we could ever forget xoxox m

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