On finishing our life’s long toil
And shuffling off this mortal coil
Sometimes it is a great surprise
The ways and means of our demise

Some by water, some by fire
Some by crazy Uncle Meyer
Some by drought and some by flood
And some, bacilli in the blood
Some by knife and some by gun
And some from having too much fun
Some by food and some by drink
And some because they didn’t think

Some by the hand of evil men
They knew not where, they knew not when
One moment here, next moment not
Such was their tragic, painful lot

Repentance, prayer, and charity
May soften the severe decree
When comes the time to say adieu
May grace and mercy follow you

[an interpretation of the U-netaneh Tokef prayer recited by Jews on the High Holidays, inspired by recent events]


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Know what? Please just delete the previous comment, which involves a misinterpretation of your post. Sorry. But my Rosh Hashanah wishes still stand: peace and blessings to you and yours in the new year.

  3. Well, my beloved cousin, I do believe you lead us in grace.

  4. Steve, see my email to you about how my rabbi quoted from your blog.


We welcome your comments. Comments are subject to moderation and any that are deemed inappropriate in the sole discretion of the author will be deleted.


When I decided to start this blog - my third! - I had to select an appropriate name for it. I decided on the one you see above, but several...

Popular Posts