Because at the end of his life, “Beto” started getting in touch with his Jewish-ness. Specifically, he wanted a Jewish funeral. We started working through the details – we made a plan and bought a plot. We talked about his Hebrew name.
Now the time has come… and his family doesn’t have enough money to pay for the funeral. And we are going to have trouble making minyan for kaddish at his burial.
So… why should you care? Because caring for the deceased is called “true kindness.” It is true kindness because it will not be paid back. The deceased cannot do you a favor. And true kindness is doing someone a favor with true benevolence, when you cannot be paid back. And isn’t it even truer when you don’t know the person? This is ultimate kindness.
So, if you can find your way toward contributing to the burial fund, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . And if you can make the time, please come to the funeral, at Mountain View Cemetery next to the BJCC at 12:30 PM on Monday. If you have any questions, you can reach me at that address.
Thanks so much. May Hashem bless us all with truly open hearts.