Hebrew literature offers several germane examples of texts that engage issues and themes of memory in the epistolary mode, but the question that preoccupies Nguyen's mother articulates a relation between memory, text, and afterlife that resonates in particular in Avot Yeshurun's epistolary poetic cycle Shloshim
'amud shel Avot Yeshurun, Thirty Pages of Avot Yeshurun.
During my subsequent observance of the shloshim
(a month of mourning observed by the surviving spouse), I summoned up whatever emotional strength I had left, to send out some e-mail messages to writers for Midstream, informing them of Syl's passing and describing to them what she was and what she meant to me and to her family; friends, and colleagues at Brooklyn College.
Since Rafi's funeral was three days before Sukkot, shiva was only two-and-a-half days, and shloshim
ended 20 days later because of Shemini Atzeret.
While it is customary in Israel for the unveiling to take place at the end of shloshim
, (the 30-day period following the funeral), in order to accommodate his schedule, I delayed the unveiling until the summer.