Give me away

My friend Martha posted a Jewish meditation on Facebook that reflects our deep, transcendent unity. It came from Mishkan T’filah (“a dwelling place for prayer”), a Jewish prayer book. The meditation is a suggested reading in preparation for the kiddush, a series of prayers that includes sharing a cup of wine or grape juice–an ancestor of the Christian communion liturgy:

When I die give what’s left of me away
to children and old men that wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
and give them what you need to give me.

I want to leave you something,
something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,
and if you cannot give me away,
at least let me live in your eyes and not your mind.

You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,
and by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do.
So, when all that’s left of me is love,
give me away.

From “What is the Kiddush,” My Jewish Learning

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