Thursday, February 4, 2016
Reading table cover made by Paula Coplon in memory of “Gravel-Voice” Larry Travis.
Today we observed Gravel-Voice Larry’s tenth Yahrzeit.
It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years. A whole decade.
A whole decade in which Larry has not presided over post-Minyan breakfast, selecting the smoked fish of the day with the care and expertise of a sommelier selecting a fine wine.
A whole decade of not hearing Larry’s throat-rattling voice knocking the morning liturgy around like so many tenpins.
A whole decade of not having Larry sit beside me in the front row of the chapel.
Things just haven’t been the same without our Kohen Gadol - our High Priest - walking the planet with us. And Larry, indeed, was descended from the High Priests of old. When it came to the Law, that gravelly voice of his conveyed authority and knowledge. It didn’t hurt that he had also served as a Miami cop in his younger days.
We remembered Larry this morning, reciting the Eil Malei Rachamim (“Father of Compassion”) prayer for the departed as well as the Mourner’s Kaddish. And I had a vision of our beloved Kohen Gadol sitting at breakfast in the World to Come, helping the Most High to pick out the tastiest sable and whitefish...