Professor Liviu Librescu was buried Friday morning in Israel.
It’s not surprising that the wife of this special man seems very special as well.
Here are some of the things that Marlena Librescu said at the funeral.
“I was blessed to be with him each day for 42 years.
To learn from his wisdom. And to receive his advice…
I ask forgiveness from you for every time I upset you.”
I wanted to share something else.
She asked something of Jewish women all over the world.
“Please light Shabbat candles in my husband’s memory.
He loved this Mitzvah.
He would remind me when the sun was going down, that it was time to light”.
… This is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of an amazing Jew.
To unite with Jewish women all over the world.
And to be part of a Jewish response to evil and darkness in the world.
By bringing more light and spirituality into the world.
If you don’t light Shabbat candles?
Try it this week.
If you do?
Make it more special this week.
… For the men?
When there is no woman in the home, a man should light the Shabbat candles.
And if there is a woman lighting Shabbat candles?
There is an ancient Jewish tradition for the husband to prepare the candles for his wife.
Try to be part of it this Shabbat.
Here’s a great link for the “how to” of Shabbat candles and for insights into this beautiful ritual.
…It’s very important that Shabbat candles be lit before sundown on Friday.
The ideal time in Chicago is 7:16, twenty minutes before sunset. (Earlier is fine)
And here’s a link to find candle lighting times in any other city.
It would be so meaningful if every woman reading this responded to Marlena Librescu’s request.
Please drop me a note if you do.
I would love to pass on to her that Jewish women in Chicago were inspired by her husband!
All the best,