There’s a new star in the heavens, and a lot of sad hearts here on earth. Our dear furriend, JinJin Rubinoff has run off to the rainbow bridge. JinJin was furry special and had a great big heart! She was a wonderful furriend to many anipals and made the twitterverse a much better place to hang out.
There’s something special I like to do for anipals that come from Jewish families – say Kaddish. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a prayer that’s said for many different reasons and each reason has it’s own variation. The variation I’ll say for JinJin is called the Mourner’s Kaddish, and is said by people (and anipals) mourning the loss of a loved one. The prayer isn’t about death, but about life. It praises the lord and the good things that come from him. There’s an excellent article over on Wikipedia that has the different versions of the prayer including a translation. Head on over and take a look when you get a chance.
It may seem funny to say a prayer of praise when you lose someone, but Jews believe that sadness always comes with happiness, and happiness always comes with sadness. We praise the lord when we lose someone, and commemorate the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem at celebrations. Life is always about duality, life and death, happiness and sadness, darkness and light. You can’t have one without the other.
I’ll be leading Kaddish for JinJin at #nipclub tomorrow (5/17) at 9PM ET. I hope you can join us. Zichronah l’shalom (remember her in peace).
Yitgaddal veyitqaddash shmeh rabba,
Beʻalma di vra khir’uteh veyamlikh malkhuteh, beḥayekhon uvyomekhon
uvḥaye dekhol bet yisrael, beʻagala uvizman qariv vʼimru amen.
Yyehe shmeh rabba mevarakh leʻalam ulʻalme ʻalmaya.
Yitbarakh veyishtabbaḥ veyitpaar veyitromam veyitnasse
veyithaddar veyitʻalleh veyithallal shmeh dequdsha, brikh hu.
leʻella min kol birkhata veshirata tushbeḥata veneḥemata
daamiran beʻalma veʼimru amen.
Yehe shlama rabba min shmayya,vehayyim aleinu v’al kol yisrael; v’imru amen.
ʻoseh shalom bimromav, hu yaʻase shalom ʻalenu, v’al kol yisra’el, v’imru amen.