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Rabbi Malka Drucker’s eulogy for Rima Louise Miller 11-19-14
If you read the obituaries this morning, you would have seen a photograph of a radiant Rima and these words to describe her: “a wild child, tsunami spirit, actress, teacher, and dancer extraordinaire.” All who knew Rima Louise Miller during her too brief 59 years on earth would agree that she was all that and more in the way that she loved. We’ve received broken-hearted and astonished letters from people all over the world. Rima touched many lives with her exuberant creativity and youthful heart. Her journey began in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she grew up with her parents, Carol and Richard, and her two sisters, Tami and Ehren. Ehren said, “She taught me everything I know.” Tami said, “She took everything I had.” From this you can guess that Rima was the middle child in a close and loving family. There were plays most nights Please forgive the humor that may creep into my remarks. Although a too soon death is difficult to bear, it is impossible to think of Rima without smiling. That was her gift to us in a world that sometimes makes it so hard to smile. For that alone we loved her. Perhaps Rima learned to laugh early because childhood illnesses challenged her spirit. Asthma led her to Yoga and New Mexico, and it was here that she inhaled deeply the healing she sought. She overcame her limitations and inspired others to do the same in the studio she created, Yoga Moves, where she was a brilliant teacher. As Tami said, “She embodied breath.” Her vitality flowed in all her creative work, including the beautiful tribute in memory of her father who died sixteen years ago of the same disease that took Rima. Her favorite movie was the Wizard of Oz, and she knew the words to every part. Like its characters, she wanted everyone to know that they have all they need to be whole. Like Dorothy, she longed to find the place she could call home. She had endless energy and loved life. She liked to be naked, didn’t follow anyone’s rules, she loved the natural world, creating something new, and she loved her nieces and nephews, Sheila, Julie, Eli, and Jacob. When she was 16, she went to Israel and came back a conscious Jew. Jewish community mattered to her but not any community, and we were very grateful that someone like Rima would find a home with HaMakom. She became one of 11 women to become Bnot Mitzvah in 2006, and let me tell you, that was quite a class. You can imagine Rima’s questions about Torah! She brought freshness and enthusiasm that enriched everyone. We will all miss her light and grace, her breath and movement. May her memory be blessing to all who knew her, and let’s all take a deep breath to take her in.
Welcome to HaMakom
HaMakom Means “The Place”
It is one of God’s names.
We are a community of lovingkindness guided by Jewish principles. We are not exactly a synagogue nor a chavurah. We are a community that wants to draw near to God through prayer, i.e. developing a relationship to the numinous; learning that helps us to discern between ego and God; and tikkun olam, the way to turn compassion into action.
Our services are a renewal of traditional practices that weave prayer, learning, singing, and conversation to create religious experience.
HaMakom is welcoming to all. We welcome you to attend our Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, lectures, and other activities. Consider a membership in our spirited community.
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- THE LIVING HAVE TO LIVE (Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon, 5774)
- ANGELS, DEVILS, HEAVEN, AND HELL (Rosh Hashanah morning sermon, 5447)
- WHO WILL SAY KADDISH FOR ME? A Meditation on Memory, Legacy, and Love (Kol Nidre sermon, 5447)