hazzan Diana Brewer was ordained through the aleph ordination program. she leads prayer services regularly at the jewish community of amherst, and is on the staff of the davvenen leadership training institute.

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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