Rabbi Jack Riemer

Rabbi Jack Riemer, a well-known author and speaker, has conducted many workshops and seminars to help people learn about the inspiring tradition of ethical wills and to prepare their own. He is rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Boca Raton, Florida, and the head of the National Rabbinic Network, a support system for rabbis across all denominational lines. He is co-editor of So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them, and editor of The World of the High Holy Days (Bernie Books) and Wrestling with the Angel (Schocken).

The Right to Cry
A Home Dismantled with Devotion
So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them
We Remember Them

We RememberThem 

At the rising of the sun and at its going down
We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter
We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and the rebirth of spring
We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer 
We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends 
We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength  We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart  We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share  We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make  We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs  We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

The Right to Cry

Chayey Sarah - Rabbi Jack Riemer

I had a funeral last week which disturbed me very much.

I knew the family but not very well. The man who died was not a member of this synagogue,   but he came to services here once in a while