Chana’s Corner

Seymour Pollack learning the weekly Torah portion in the Veteran’s Garden at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. Pulse News Mexico photo/Chana Perman

Remembering Seymour 


How to encapsulate a hundred and one years
The winding road of life, much laughter, also tears.
Where to begin, how best to share
a tale of the friendship we hold so very dear.
So many images, which captures you best,
as we honor you now
May your memory be forever blessed.

You called my husband “Rabbi”
Yet he truly learned from you
observing a marvelous mentch
refined in all you’d do.
Your love for learning Torah,
possessing a strategic plan
“Let’s learn in the Veteran’s Garden
and meet as many Jews as we can.”
Striving to sanctify G-d ‘s holy name
impeccable in manners,
classy the name of your game.

A prince of a man, handsome, well dressed
embracing each day with happiness and zest.
You were adored and loved by friends and family,
The light you’ve shined on others
glows with forever-intensity.
“And the living shall take to heart”
says King Solomon noble and wise.
Like our special Seymour
let us strive to live our lives.

Originally from New York City but currently living in Toronto, Canada, CHANA PERMAN is a Jewish poet, mother and learning-strategies instructor. She holds a master’s degree in special education, and has worked in that field for 25 years. Her cherished roles as mother, teacher and guidance consultant provide inspiration and material for her writing, both prose and poetry.