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An Ode to my Father: Samuel Samson

How proud my grandfather would be, to be remembered in the face of his son

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I’ve never had to produce anything while grieving. In fact, I’ve never truly grieved before – I’ve never lost anyone I loved.

 My grandfather passed away last week. He was an Iranian Jew, cast-iron, shaped by G-d with the rock of the earth. He was power incarnate; he was a king. His gait was strong; he walked with the ferocity of royalty.

 I remember as a shy, wide eyed child, gazing at his arms, thick as tree trunks, dark tan and made of leather. He was biblical; his face was creased with the lives of millions before him. All who met him were mysteriously humbled. I could only hide behind my older siblings and stare. 

This week’s Haftorah, the passage from Prophets that we read on Shabbos, is about Samson, the Herculean Jew who put the dread of G-d in his opponents, who’s footsteps shook the earth. He was a human colossus. The world could only stare at him, captivated and confused by a strength belonging to another world. 

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 Ironically, I write not about my grandfather, but about his son. My father has always reminded me of Samson.

It has only been ten days since I watched my grandfather return to the earth of Israel, and already I am forgetting the way that he talked, the sound of his voice, the touch of his skin.

 Instead, I have begun to see him in the contours of my father’s face. His princeliness rests on the head of my father. I will remember my grandfather in the shape and strength of his heir, his child who bears his name, and is marked with his might. I’ll remember him in the fierce look in my father’s eye and the unwavering Jewish pride you can see in his stride.

 How proud my grandfather would be, to be remembered in the face of his son, for in the face of his son is the likeness of Samson, Lion of the Jewish people.

 What an honor to be the grandchild of Yoav Boteach, for through him, I am my father’s daughter.  

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