On the eve of the 63rd Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in the book of my life, I am thinking about the Book of Life:
In Christianity and Judaism, the Book of Life (Hebrew: ספר החיים, transliterated Sefer HaChaim; Greek: βιβλίον τῆς ζωῆς Biblíon tēs Zōēs) is the book in which God records the names of every person who is destined for Heaven or the World to Come. According to the Talmud it is open on Rosh Hashanah, as is its analog for the wicked, the Book of the Dead. For this reason extra mention is made for the Book of Life during Amidah recitations during the Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (the two High Holidays, particularly in the prayer Unetaneh Tokef). — Wikipedia
Earlier this year, many book-reading cardiologists in my life told me I absolutely needed open heart surgery, if I wanted to live a good and long life. Therefore, I’ve been writing in this Blogging Book of Life many, many entries about preparing for and then recovering from my September 21 heart valve replacement surgery.
Honestly, I was scared I might not make into the next book of life, but I did!
Yesterday, as I was thinking about many memories of the Book of Life at synagogue when I was just a kid with a congenital heart condition, I realized I wanted to do my own, personal ritual about The Book of Life. So, I took a blank book I had purchased around this time last year and did this:
Yay! I made it into the Book of Life!
Here are my other photos from yesterday, which are now making it into this here blogging book of life:
My photographer friend Kathy, who was in my book of life yesterday, sent me these two photos, which I hereby inscribe in my blogging Book of Life:
Now, here’s some music associated with The Book of Life:
I hope you write something in this blogging book of life, below.
Thanks to all who helped me write this Book of Life post and to you — of course! — no matter how you are writing in your own book of life, today.