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Sunday, October 31, 2010

People Came to Say Goodbye

Over 1000 people came for the late night funeral of RivkA, overflowing the building. The large crowd gathered outside and listened to the eulogies via loudspeakers.

Bloggers continue to write about RivkA:

Carl in Jerusalem
was at the funeral tonight and wrote about it. [link fixed]

Baila wrote about RivkA.

Batya from MeAnder remembers RivkA.

The "Nad-Ned" blog has a beautiful post with wonderful photos of RivkA.

Frume Sarah writes about RivkA "Across Space and Time"

"Miles to go before I sleep" remembers RivkA...

The eulogies tonight were video-recorded and we hope to post them at some point.

If you write a blogpost about RivkA, please leave the hyperlink address to it in the comments section.

--Jameel

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

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


With love and optimism, RivkA's family

50 comments:

Yehuda said...

http://jergames.blogspot.com/2010/10/rip-rivka-mattitya.html

Written on Friday

Joe K. said...

Thank you Jameel for posting so late at night and for all.

Bernie said...

How wonderful that because of RivkA so many people came together with love and prayer. May she rest in peace and may her family be comforted by their memories and strength from her lasting love.....:-) Hugs

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

I posted last night right before Shabbat, and may add thoughts as the reality sinks in.

Anonymous said...

And many, many more people all around the world who couldn't attend the funeral were mourning RivkA's loss from home in their own way.

May her legacy live on in all of us as we emulate what we so admired in her.

B'vracha,
Shoshana

Leah Goodman said...

I wrote about RivkA's passing on my blog post, words fail me http://trilcat.blogspot.com/2010/10/words-fail-me.html

I've also turned my blog layout purple in RivkA's memory (it was her favorite color)

Ariela said...

The funeral was so totally RivkA - I laughed as much as I cried (OK, I cried more,but you get my point). And it went on and on and on....
Mohse, her dad and her brother David all spoke beautifully.
Jameel - thank you for posting - I saw you, but I was one of the hundreds of people outside.

Ariela said...

The link to carl in Jerusalem doesn't work.

Rebecca Kern, WI said...

I created a blog space a long time ago, but have never written in it, maybe now is the time. I've been playing with the thought of releasing a lot of the correspondence between herself and I from the last two years. She's had such an impact on my spiritual life. I had played with the idea of writing about my experiences and thoughts. Maybe this is the way to begin.

I just don't know when I would be getting to it if I do. Right now I'm still having such a hard time with her being gone.

Mordechai Y. Scher said...

May Hashem comfort RivkA's family and friends in due time, among all mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

This is a really great loss to the so many of us, far and near, who were inspired by RivkA. What is sure, her influence will continue and be a source of strength to many.

Baruch Dayan Emet.

Batya said...

Thanks, Jameel,
I was one of the lucky ones to be near the front. I could see what a good friend you are to the family. The friends I traveled with had decided to leave at 11:30 "regardless." That was exactly when the "hespedim" ended, so we didn't see the burial. I understand that it was in the new "vault" section.
All the hespedim were very special, rounding out more of the knowledge of RivkA I lack.
Obviously there's much more.

As one of the speakers said, I trust she's making a balagan up there. We need her energy in Olam Haba, since we in Olam Hazeh are failing.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The link to Carl is fixed (sorry - editing at 3 AM doesnt always work...)

Bisorot tovot - Shavua tov

--jameel

rickismom said...

http://beneaththewings.blogspot.com/2010/10/thoughts-on-rivka-life-and-death.html
May we all "fight the good fight" (whatever fight we have), as well and graciously as RivkA did. Her passing is a loss to all of us. May G-d somehow give healing and condolence to her family.

Batya said...

Here's my post חסד של אמת Chessed Shel Emet RivkA's Funeral. I hope it gives a helpful perspective for those who couldn't make it.

rutimizrachi said...

I am not sure my brief friendship with RivkA qualifies me to blog about her. I was moved by the number of people at her funeral, but not surprised. (I don't know why I had the illusion that I was going to go there and find all of our blogger buddies, and share comfort in a moment outside of Cyberspace together.)

The hardest thing I have had to do this month was to take her name off of my davening list. Somehow, her optimism had a way of convincing one that she would come off that list for only the best possible reason.

May the light that she added in her too-brief time in the world continue to shine, and hasten the coming of Moshiach.

Noa said...

http://noa50.blogspot.com/

Noa

Batya said...

ruti, I was there
Blog about your feelings. I also blogged about removing her name, very traumatic.

Anonymous said...

I blog in German (since this is my mother tongue) and I did a short entry on RivkA last night: http://chutzpi.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/trauern-um-rivka/
Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the funeral, but my mind was there all the time.

Keeping you in my prayers

Anima

aliyah06 said...

Like Ruti, I was more an acquaintance than a friend--but also a woman who learned so much from Rivka, my neighbor and fellow-blogger. I haven't posted in over a year, and am a bit ashamed since she posted constantly, despite teaching, chemo, support groups, and raising a family....like, what's my excuse when she didn't excuse herself? (www.bakadiary.blogspot.com ) I will miss her and her writing--she was an inspiration!

Lee-Anne said...

Thank you so much for keeping us informed, Jameel. RivkA is such a special person, and I have no words to express what I'm feeling right now. Love to her family and friends. This is my blog post devoted to RivkA: http://usydgirl.blogspot.com/2010/10/baruch-dayen-haemet-rivka-bat-yishaya.html

Bee said...

there is just a brief one line entry on my blog at the moment. I have been writing, editing and deleting another entry - I just can't seem to find the right words that express how wonderful RivkA affected so many peoples' lives, my own included. Hopefully over the next day or so I will be able to say what I want - straight from the heart.

For now though there is just a little on
http://nannabeeshive.blogspot.com/

and again Jameel - thank you.

Robin said...

And mine, from Friday.

Goodbye my friend.

rutimizrachi said...

Okay, Batya. http://rutimizrachi.blogspot.com/2010/10/our-lives-are-filled-with-choices-i.html

Ahoova said...

my goodbye post to Rivka, http://sabraheart.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/may-her-memory-be-blessed/

Judy said...

May the members of RivkA's family be much comforted by one another. I was in absolute agreement with all the love and admiration for RivkA spoken of at the funeral. Shalom.

ilanadavita said...

Here is my link to a blogpost inspired by RivkA:

http://ilanadavita.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/in-memory-of-rivka-bat-yishaya/

Mrs. S. said...

Here's my tribute to RivkA z"l.

.ת.נ.צ.ב.ה

Baila said...

I posted my thoughts when I heard late Friday in the USA. It was right before shabbat and I posted quickly, without thinking because I wanted to get the words. I barely even proofed it, but it was from the heart. I am so moved by all these blogposts from so many of my blogger friends and other bloggers I don't know, but intend to read. I was so sorry I could not attend the levaya because I am in chu"l. Jameel, thanks for all the reporting, as always. Shavua Tov and Bsorot Tovot (May it be a good week, with good things happening)

treppenwitz said...

As I stood a few feet from her wrapped body listening to the hespedim, all I could think about was our countless hours together back in college, talking about making aliyah.

We always talked about living in Israel, not dying here. How did we not realize that one would inevitably lead to the other?

Cosmic X said...

Here is what I wrote: A Couple of Minutes With RivkA.

May her memory be a blessing!

A Soldier's Mother said...

I couldn't make it to the funeral - got back from Hebron too close...hurt my arm...maybe making excuses because it hurts too much and figured ... I don't know what. Wrote about RifkA here (http://israelisoldiersmother.blogspot.com/2010/10/mothers-of-israel.html).

Several conversations I had with her came to mind - about Barnard and its being less and less the place we remember it was; Teaneck and my brother...I'm trying to smile because you are all so correct that this is what RifkA symbolized - the smile, the laugh. I love Batya's idea that she is now in Olam HaBa making a bal ha'gan.

Shira Salamone said...

I, too, found it difficult to have to remove Rivka from my mi-shehberach list for such a sad reason. Though I never met her, except on her blog, I'll miss her inspiring, never-give-up attitude.May her family and friends be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may the Healer of the broken-hearted bind up their wounds.

lalibertine said...

I was a quite reader of this blog. I came via another Israeli blog as a supporter of Israel. I am interested in politics and luckily I do not have to deal with cancer. Still, RivkAs posts about her courageous fight so moved me, that I continued to read here.
What an amazing woman she must have been. My thoughts are with you.

Cheryl said...

I wrote about losing RivkA, though I never met her I felt as though I knew her. She will be missed.

Noa said...

http://noa50.blogspot.com/2010/10/rivka.html

sorry, made a mistake before. this is the right link to my post about RivkAs death.
Noa

adena said...

my post about RivkA is here . Every time I see a new post on Coffee and Chemo, I think it's her...

Risa said...

My contribution to the memorial list:
Isramom: What Women CAN do!

Batya said...

Here's RivkA's Aliyah Message on Tuesday Night Live!

Alli said...

Here is my Blogspot message about Rivka..

I will surely miss her!!

http://alli-lifeintransition.blogspot.com/

Brian Blum said...

Here's what I wrote on my blog about RivkA and how her life reminds us to live each day mindfully. http://www.thisnormallife.com/2010/11/the-eternal-optimist/

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

I remember Rivka in this blog posting:

http://nancymccarroll.blogspot.com/2010/11/rivka-amazing-generous-loving-faithful.html

Daven for the memory of Rivka bat Yishaya

Asher said...

I doubt that I have any insights or wisdom to offer that hasn't already been said by countless others, but I did also write a blog about RivkA today. Please feel free to read, comment, etc. May the family be comforted with the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim - and may we all know only b'sorot tovot in the future.

http://beldavash.blogspot.com/2010/11/remembering-friend.html

mother in israel said...

Here is mine. I first met RivkA z"l 25 years ago: Memories of RivkA Matitya z"l

toby said...

Finally!
http://atimeofthesigns.blogspot.com/2010/11/goodbye-rivka.html

OneTiredEma said...
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OneTiredEma said...

After paying a shiva call, feeling like we all have big shoes to fill:

http://onetiredema.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/mourning-together/

miriyummy said...

I wish I could have met her.

http://miriyummy.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/spread-a-little-rainshine-goodbye-to-rivka/

uberimma said...

http://doornumberthree.blogspot.com/2010/11/for-rivka.html

MommaMindy said...

I am still hurting, still missing, still feeling like I didn't have enough time with RivkA, and I just knew her through blogging. I am not sure I can really imagine the pain you who were close family members and friends must be going through.

http://mommamindy.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-heart-is-broken.html

Mary said...

A while back we connected when I was struggling with Chemo.. We wrote back and forth a few times and she took the time to comfort me.
I live in Washington state and she a long ways away but we could talked like we lived next door.

She came into my thoughts today and I sorry to see she has passed. RIP!