Diana Brewer is a cantorial student in the aleph ordination program. she leads prayer services regularly at the jewish community of amherst.

The Jane I Cherish: A tribute to Channah bat Shlomo z”l

What follows emerged from a writing prompt I was given in spiritual direction yesterday. I had no idea it would make its way off the pages of my black and white composition notebook when I started writing. The prompt: Who was the Jane you cherished?

The Jane that I cherished was the Jane who watched with wonder at my various metamorphoses and their stages. The Jane that I cherished was the Jane whose metamorphoses I watched with wonder.

The Jane that I cherished was feisty, sometimes argumentative, always inquisitive. Challenging, open-minded beneath the appearance of set ways and strong opinions.

The Jane that I cherish was astonishingly enterprising. There was a person who could truly make something from nothing.

Fiercely protective of her brood, she also knew when they needed a swat in the nose and a push out of the nest. 

The Jane that I cherish loved G8d and our shared ways of finding and communing with G8d. 

The Jane that I cherish is so full of LOVE that came pouring forth from her eyes like sunbeams through stained glass, the twinkle of a kaleidoscope. 

The Jane that I love was surrounded by books, by art, by people disguised as books and art. 

The Jane that I cherish was generous in all Worlds. 

The Jane that I cherish let me sit with her and hold her hand in the final days of her final metamorphosis. 

                          - In loving memory of Jane Trigère  (חנה בת שלומו)


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