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Friday, October 29, 2010

Funeral Arrangements

This post is being continuously updated till after RivkA's funeral/livaya - please go to the bottom for updates.

The funeral for RivkA will be held Saturday evening, Moetzei Shabbat at 10PM.

It will be at the Kehillat Yerushalayim Beit Hesped in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem, across from the Herzog Hospital (on Har Hamenuchot).

Update: The family is looking for friends of RivkA who would like to volunteer to do "shmira" and say tehillim next to RivkA from 4 PM this afternoon (Friday) through Motzei Shabbat at 6 PM at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital (bring warm clothes). Each shift should be between 4-6 hours, based on the number of volunteers.

Shiva information and additional details will be posted.

Map to get to the Beit Hesped (you can click the map and enter in your address to get directions)


View Beit Hesped Kehillat Yerushalayim in a larger map

Update: People speaking at RivkA's funeral are requested to speak in English (if they can) so that RivkA's family from the USA can appreciate your thoughts as well.

Update: As is the Ashkenazic custom in Judaism, after a person dies, they are referred to by their name, and as the son/daughter of their father. Therefore, for those who are praying in her memory, her name is RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.

Saturday Night Update: Reminder -- the funeral is at 10 PM, Saturday night, and NOT at 8 PM as it appears on signs around Jerusalem. Shiva information and additional updates posted at the top of the blog. (Or here)

May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.


With love and optimism, RivkA's family

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jameel, for posting the information.

Batya said...

haMakom y'nachem
Jameel, thanks
I guess now's the truly hard part for her family and friends.

Erika said...

Baruch Dayan Emet. RivkA, you were a courageous woman strong and full of spirituality. Your words here were inspirational... sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking and sometimes sad. I will miss you. I hope Hashem blesses your beloved family with long life, comfort, and joyous memories of you.
Warmly,
Erika

Anonymous said...

"Your cause of sorrow must not be measured by his (her) worth , for then it hath no end"
Macbeth,5;8, line50, by William Shakespeare.

Shabat Shalom, Menachem S.

Josh Wander said...

BORUCH DAYAN EMET! I'm sure she is already davening for us all in Shamayim now. May her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem!

Cosmic X said...

ברוך דיין האמת

Anonymous said...

Baruch Dayan Haemet.
What terrible news. Hope Hashem and everyone close by can ive the family all the strength they need at this awful time.
A long time blog lurker from England

Randi said...

I am so saddened to hear of RivkA's death. May Hashem comfort her loved ones.

Please note the link to the Jpost article is not complete. It leaves off the "n" at the end of inspiration. I am sure many will want to read it.

Shabbat Shalom,

Mo-ha-med said...

My condolences to RivkA's family and friends. May the memory of her ease the pain and keep you company for a long, long time.

torontopearl said...

Baruch Dayan Ha-Emet.
Rivka's inner strength should be passed on to you, her family and friends. A woman to emulate, a woman to admire, a woman who will be sorely missed by so many.
HaMakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar avelei Tzion v'Yerushalayim.

Jeffrey Woolf said...

Barukh Dayyan ha-Emet. RivkA was a woman who will never cease to inspire and teach those whom she touched, physically or virtually. God blesses this world with such special souls. It is hard to fathom why we were so blessed to have had her among us, and even more difficult to conceive of a world without her radiance.

Anonymous said...

The Greiffs share in your sorrow. May you receive comfort from shamayim. RivkA lived a life well spent. We will miss her - we do already.

Jolie, Tom, Yekutiel, Rosie

Adinah B said...

She will always be remembered by me as a wonderful, strong and inspiring woman as well as a loving wife and mother.

Anonymous said...

crying with the family
Yael Jerusalem

Staying Afloat said...

Copied from my blog:

I stumbled on the blog about a year and a half ago, and began learning all about her journey through chronic cancer and motherhood. From her, I learned about knowing your limitations as a person and a mother, but pushing to always do as much as you can, to give to your children, your husband, society and yourself. And I got a window into the experiences of the two peopl in my life who are living with cancer. I learned it all from her becasue of her frank way of writing, and how real she was.

RivkA passed on today. I only knew her through a computer, but the loss is....

Anonymous said...

Rivka was an inspiration to all she taught my son yair king how to swim when i commented to her that her student (now 19) was going into the arny to jump out of planes she smiled and said i cannot believe that that small kid grew up so fast Where did all the years go?

Linda said...

With RivkA God lit a fire of love and faith in our hearts. Baruch Dayan HaEmet -- may God welcome and embrace a true daughter and give her family and large group of friends comfort in the memory of her love and laughter. I never met her in person, just on the electronic highway, and still I feel our loss of her deeply.

Anonymous said...

פיה פתחה בחכמה
ותורת חסד על לשונה
צופיה הליכות ביתה
ולחם עצלות לא תאכל
קמו בניה ויאשרוה
בעלה ויהללה
רבות בנות עשו חיל
ואת עלית על כולנה
I shall miss you, RivkA.
To Moshe, Yaffa, Menachem Daniel and Aliza, and your parents and sibs - May Ha'Shem send you all comfort and balm. I weep with you. With love and an aching heart.
שבת שלום
Nomi Lerner Rosenberg

JoeSettler said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

Ima in Texas said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Crying for you in Texas..

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Rivka's death. I am not Jewish, but I have been reading her blog on a daily basis. I am also Stage 4 , so I understood her battles. May she rest in peace.
K.

Cheryl said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I did not know RivkA in real life, but she touched my heart. She will be missed.

Joe K. said...

Jameel, or whomever may read this and know - will the funeral be webcast or recorded? I cannot know how hard it is to prepare for RivkA's funeral and am not asking for you to do more than you are. But if either of those two things is available, please let us know. Many thanks for the updates and your kindnesses.

Moriah said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

In Praying With Fire(preface xvi~ xvii) it states:

"...When people pray for the recovery of a sick person and in the process draw closer to the Almighty, it is the sick person who has caused the transformation, and the merit goes to her. And the more that people pray for her and are elevated, the more merit she accumulates...The merits accumulated by the sick person, through her own prayers and through the prayers of others, belong to her for all eternity, along with all the mitzvot she has performed during her lifetime.These merits will raise her to the highest levels of Olam Haba and the highest degree of illumination forever.

Thank you RivkA. May your family be comforted among the mourner's of Zion and Jerusalem.

a. said...

ברוך דיין האמת

adena said...
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adena said...

so sorry to lose my brave friend in cyberspace. my thoughts go out to her family at this sad, difficult time.
http://www.motherthoughts.com/2010/10/friends-in-cyberspace.html

Reba said...

Baruch Dayan Ha'emet....may dear family find comfort among the mourners of Zion. Reba, David, NoaSapir

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences to RivkA's family and friends. I never met RivkA, but I read her blog regularly, and, as someone living with metastatic breast cancer, I very much appreciated her joie de vivre (however you spell it) and insights. You should know that she touched people from around the world. (I am in San Francisco.)

Jill

Rebecca Kern, WI said...

RivkA, you gave me so many gifts through our friendship, and I guess I never believed you would ever really leave, I always felt you would be here and that I would visit you. But I guess Hashem decided to heal you fully and completely by bring you back to Himself. I love you so much and though the weight of you gone has not fully hit me yet, I know I will be missing you, as already being expressed by my tears.

Much love and comfort to the family. May Hashem comfort you all among the mourner's of Zion and Jerusalem.

With Much love,
Rebecca Kern, from WI

Baila said...

I cannot even express how I feel at this time. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. Hamakom Yenachem.

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

ברוך דין האמת...
I am rushing to bring in Shabbos, but stopped to check on Rivka before saying my Tehillim for her today.
We never met, but I miss her already.
I hope it gives her family some comfort to see the ripples here and around the world; the impact her daughter has had just by sharing her words, her message, her light.
המקום ינכם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלשים...

toddlerplanet said...

RivkA made an impact, and I admired her for her bravery.

She will be missed.

Wendi said...

Who would have thought that a person you'd never actually met could touch your heart and life so profoundly? I've been reading RivkA's blog for over a year. I miss her already. She taught us how to live courageously--and how to die courageously as well. Much love is being sent to RivkA and her family. Wendi from NC, USA

grace said...

Baruch Dayan Emet

May RivkA be a melitzat yosher for all those whose lives she touched and for all klal yisrael.

Karen G said...

I recently got to know RivkA through her blog - what an incredible person she was. Today I took my children outside and danced in the rain, just as RivkA described in one of her posts.
I hope the family draws comfort from knowing what an incredible wife, daughter and mother they had.

Anonymous said...

Baruch dayan emet.

I'm so sad - missing RivkA already, crying for her and her family...
and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to know her personally, even if our contact was mainly through the internet.

Anima

Shimshonit said...

RivkA's struggle was monumental, and she met it with unfathomable strength. I'm among those who did not know her personally, but whom she touched, inspired, and taught through her wisdom and her accounts of her life. The world is a little dimmer with her passing. May her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

michelle said...

I enjoyed meeting RivkA and reading her blog. Very sad at her loss....Our daughters go to school together and we went to a meditation class together...
I'd like to go to the shiva.... searching for details..
Strong , wonderful woman. I pray for her family now!
Michelle

Nguyen Duc said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I did not know RivkA in real life, but she touched my heart. She will be missed.
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