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Magical Thinking: Yizkor 5779

Rabbi Tucker

A recording from my late father still greets callers on the answering machine of the home in which I grew up back in Massachusetts.  I know that some people find this fact macabre or unsettling or somehow indicative of an inability to move forward, but my family and I find it strangely comforting to hear the warm, rich tones of my Dad’s voice every time we go to leave a message.  For my brother Scott it wasn’t an answering machine but rather my father’s number in his cell phone that he couldn’t quite bear to erase, keeping it in his digital address book for months after my father had died.  And for me it is the 12-year-old Toyota Corolla that my parents bought me as a graduation gift from rabbinical school, my Dad carefully selecting a safe, reliable vehicle that would last a long time for his driving-challenged daughter, the newly minted rabbi.  The two of us went car shopping together just after my father received his diagnosis of leukemia and I remember wondering if this safe, reliable vehicle would ultimately outlast my father himself.  Now that it has, I kind of want to drive it forever.   Continue Reading --->

Thu, February 20 2020 25 Shevat 5780