This is a kaddish for all the family we never really knew in the first place.
A kaddish for the common ancestor of me and my second cousin, who’s visiting from Norway.
A kaddish for 18 year old Bano Rashid, an Iraqi Kurd killed along with 76 others at Utoya by Anders Behring Brevik.
Today’s Kaddish is for the ninety-two killed by a Christian fundamentalist in Norway on Friday, and it combines Kogan’s “Kaddish” with the Norwegian national anthem, “Ja, vi elsker dette landet.”
I never gave my grampa his due, but I’m starting to appreciate him.