My heart broke a little today.
Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, a woman, who knew JockBro from BBYO, saw that I was FB friends with one of her FB friends. And that mutual friend died quite suddenly over the weekend.
This isn’t my first experience with death. It isn’t even my first experience with the death of one of my peers. As a rabbi, I deal with end-of-life issues on a continual basis. So the emotions I am experiencing are not unfamiliar to me. Rationally, I can explain them.
That doesn’t really ease the dull aching.
SMC — You possessed a brilliant mind and a dry, witty sense-of-humour. Your scholarship was widely respected. Your wanderlust and sense of adventure took you to the highest and lowest of depths of a world that constantly provided you with places of personal and spiritual discovery. Your thoughtfulness showed itself in the smallest and largest of ways. Always a reliable source for the best books, films, shows, etc., I can recall many a spirited “discussion” about the virtues, or lack-thereof, of certain composers. Simultaneously socially-awkward and charmingly-disarming, the most brilliant facets of your soul remained shrouded by protective walls.
Now revealed to the Holy One of Creation.
Your memory will always stay with me for blessing.