Poem on Life, Death, and Sleep: To Awake

Oct 4, 2016 | 0 comments

sunriseThis reading from the Rosh Hashana prayer book used at our Reform Jewish congregation provides a comforting message – death is not the end.

To Awake

by Rabbi Richard N. Levy

To awake from sleep each morning

recalls Your mystifying promise

that death is not the end,

but when this world awakens to the messianic dawn

souls and bodies will somehow join together once again

in one grand reunion of the human race.

When I awoke this morning

It was as though that mystery was rehearsed

For as I gradually emerged from sleep

My soul became aware of my body once again

In a small but wondrous reunion of my own humanity.


A Good Goodbye