What else can I say? It’s the first anniversary of my husband’s passing. Our custom is to light a candle in memory of the person who has passed from this world. I lit a bee’s wax candle – it’s pretty and has a nice smell. Bees remind me of gardens, which remind me of Herschel.

The premise that our lives can change in a moment is very real to me. I mulled that thought over several times this year. It’s real. In the matter of a few moments our lives changed on 5 Kislev 5770/21 November 2009. I became a widow. Herschel went to another world.

May the memory of Herschel Avraham ben Simcha Yosef be a blessing.