Hundreds of cars followed the body of Rabbi Irwin Groner Tuesday out of the lot at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on to Bell Road in Southfield, Michigan, where the wise, gentle scholar was rabbi since 1959.
Although death has silenced him, his book of sermons, his stories, his truths rise everywhere now with a clarion call. Awakening usually follows a death. A rise in one's sermons, sayings, stories, and more.
This quality kind of a man was indeed a gentle man, as his surviving wife asserted.
Rabbi Groner's, Renewing Jewish Faith, is full of values, wisdom and insight.
It is firmly about one's future, forgiveness, family, and more.
When visiting him at a conference, Rabbi Groner readily engaged me.
I forget what interfaith project we were discussing, but his interest, and, that of Rabbi Jospeh Krakoff, was riviting. Enthusiasm filled both men of God as we talked.
Integrity flowed forth from Groner.
Perhaps it was about a marriage covenant that we met. That covenant would interest most rabbis. Family is like that.
An older brother in the family has died.
I'm grateful for his enthusiasm (from the Greek, meaning, "God within").
As the procession headed to the cemetary, a litany of reminders and remembrances followed me.
They all emerged as readily as fresh, revitalizing water flowing overhead in a shower.
Rabbi Groner showered his synagogue, among others, with living waters.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O God.