OT: May all those who mourn be comforted

and may the memory of those who died be for a blessing (זכר קדוש לברכה).

Otherwise, I feel much as I did last year. My non-spectacular memory of finding out is here. An Armitage-themed remembrance for today can be found here, at Gratiana’s newish blog. Judiang posted a hymn today that always makes me cry (much more than the national anthem every will). “Oh, thou who changest not, abide with [us].” Or, turning to the mood for the coming weeks in my adopted tradition (it’s Elul, the shofar is now sounding every day to call Jews to repentance, and I am starting to ask the people around me for their forgiveness), from the prayers for the high holidays, “though we have no worthy deeds, treat us with charity and kindness.”

G-d, you’re all we’ve got. Please stick with us. Help us to love each other and find peace, even when anger and loss are all we seem to be able to find.

~ by Servetus on September 11, 2011.

4 Responses to “OT: May all those who mourn be comforted”

  1. […] on her blog suggested this hymn was fitting to commemorate 9/11 today.  I […]


  2. “Abide with me” – my favourite hymn I think, as it was also my mother’s. I chose it for my husband’s funeral and wish it to be sung at mine when the time comes. I love “Jerusalem” and Parry’s music to it and I know that some in the UK favoured it for their National Anthem. When looking up the poem on the internet today it lead me to websites about the Industrial Revolution and the “dark satanic mills” – cotton mills and collieries. Some very interesting facts there and on a Wikipedia discussion page on that poem I found a thought-provoking article by Dr.N.T Wright “Where shall wisdom be found” where among other things he talks about Blake’s poem and he believes that Blake was not referring to mills etc but to the great churches like Westminster Abbey and St.Paul’s Cathedral. Worth reading. I had to wonder if Elizabeth Gaskell chose the name “Milton” in North and South because she was familiar with Blake’s poem of the same name the first few verses of which are used in the hymn.

    I was greatly moved today when part of our church service was dedicated to the tragedy that was 9/11 – not only the event and those who gave their lives to save others, but praying for those who survived and the families and loved ones of those who died. These images always make us weep. The world was indeed forever changed that day and our lives will never be quite the same.


  3. [edited to remove copyrighted material at request of poster]

    My thoughts are with the survivors, the families, and everyone profoundly affected by this unforgettable event.


  4. […] being term, despite the sadness of the day, life goes on, and today was the kickoff picnic for Jewish faculty at my campus’ Hillel […]


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