היום אחד שלשה עשר יום שהם שבוע אחד וששה ימים בעמר
Today is thirteen days, which is one week and six days of the omer
A day of foundation in a week of strength
On Yom HaShoah 5665/2005, while I was not yet in the practice of blogging the omer, I did mark the day with a blogpost. I wrote about my friend Goldie Rassen, a Holocaust survivor who made it through different work camps. She didn't share much about those times, and it was only reading her obituary that I found out she had a husband and a daughter died in the Holocaust.
Goldie was, above all else, a teacher. She loved learning of all kinds, but especially Jewish subjects and most specially Hebrew. She loved teaching Hebrew, and continued to teach almost up to the time of her death. I think of her so much these days as I study Hebrew, learning the trope, the music, of the language, and concentrating on decoding the dikduk- the grammar.
I spent many Shabbatot davening, praying with Goldie at Beth Sholom. At first I sat behind her, but she then moved to sit behind me. She loved and appreciated my kavannah, my intention, in prayer, but the volume was a bit much for her. "Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses, our Teacher/Our Rabbi) can hear you, Marilyn" she told me, with a smile. I not only drove her to services, I also picked her up to go to all sorts of lectures and classes and Jewish events. And I am only one of many students who revered her.
And so, on this Yom HaShoah day, I honor my friend with a poem I wrote upon her death. I honor her as my friend and as my teacher. I will miss her always.
לגולדי – מורה שלי – חברה שלי
To Goldie - My Teacher - My Friend
אני זוכרת את הפנים שלךI remember your face
אני זוכרת את הקול שלךI remember your voice
אני זוכרת את הידיים שלךI remember your hands
אני זוכרת שלמדתי איתךI remember studying with you
אני זוכרת שדיברתי איתךI remember speaking with you
אני זוכרת ששרתי איתךI remember singing with you
אני זוכרת שהתפללתי איתךI remember praying with you
את יושבת בלב שלי כל אזמןYou live in my heart forever
זכרונך לברכא ליYour memory is a blessing to me