Gabbai’s Message: What’s In YOUR NAME?

Gene Lindow

By Gene Lindow 

I am always trying to share an inspirational message and recently received one at a funeral earlier this summer. Rabbi Klein of Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin shared a poem by ZELDA that moved me. My hope is that it may touch you, too.

  • Each of us has a name given by God, and given by our parents.
  • Each of us has a name given by our stature and our smile, and given by what we wear.
  • Each of us has a name given by the mountains and given by our walls.
  • Each of us has a name given by the stars and given by our neighbors.
  • Each of us has a name given by our sins and given by our longing.
  • Each of us has a name given by our enemies and given by our love.
  • Each of us has a name given by our celebrations and given by our work.
  • Each of us has a name given by the seasons and given by our blindness.
  • Each of us has a name given by the sea and given by our death.

During the High Holidays we find ourselves looking at what we have encountered in life. We look at how we can improve, what we can change, and how we can accept that we will not always get what we want from life. It is easy to win. I believe how we handle the disappointments and challenges of life truly has the greater impact on our successes.

I know that during the High Holidays I will not be able to ask each of you directly for your forgiveness if I offended you. I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive my transgressions, and in doing so you can impact on my name.

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