“Death is the greatest teacher of life.”
Why is it that people suddenly become more real at a wake, a funeral, or a memorial service? The losses of loved ones (and of great leaders) remind us of our own mortaility. Because life is short, we dare not “squander our few precious hours of life upon useless, meaningless, purposeless pursuits which do not really satisfy us.”
Read, hear, or watch this November 5, 1961 sermon by Rabbi Olan to learn what he suggested about truly honoring the dead while also blessing the living.
“The remembrance of those who lived yesterday can give us real life today.”