Started New Year With Tahara
Tahara last night after the fast. Not a bad way to start the (secular) New Year.
Happily for me, I had a perfectly good 2014. It was hardly the perfect year, but I am not one of those who was in the "2014 you are so fired" camp as many of my friends seemed to be.
January 1st coincided with the Jewish fast day of Assarah B'tevet. And I got a call to do a tahara. A fairly straightforward job, which was good because we had 2 relative newcomers to the team. As always, I find washing the dead a contemplative experience. it is the last duty and respect we show to a fellow member of Klal Yisroel
One of the new people remarked afterward: "It's hard to imagine that someday that will be me stretched out like that." To which I replied: "Yes, and we too will depend on the kindness of others" It is a thought i find comforting.