September 13, 2007
And who shall die?
(Page 3 - Previous Page)As we spoke on the phone, Wang returned to those memories.
"Marcy embodied life and a thirst for knowledge," he told me. "When I first met her, she would take me to the quad at night, and she would do Israeli dances for me. 'I want to show you something,' she'd say, 'I want to show you some dancing.'"
For Marcy, lighting those Shabbat candles was a meaningful response to her darkness, even if it led to her death. The candles must have brought her hope, and comfort. Even when she was alone she didn't feel completely alone. She felt connected to God, to her People.
That leaves two answers to the question of Marcy's life. The first is the human one: Be kinder to those in your life, and to those who need your help. The second is: No matter what, we can always hope, we can always pray the universe will spin our way.
And this year, I will add another prayer, a prayer for Miriam Asher Meisel.