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Eulogy for Richard Da Costa

Oct. 14, 1953 - Dec. 18, 2015 Elder of Kehillat Eytz Chaim/ Tree of Life Congregation, Toronto Former President, Messianic Jewish Alliance of Canada
Given by Ben Volman, December 23, 2015

In the many years that Richard and I worked on the High Holy Day services, we never found the right time or moment to include a beautiful little prayer called Ahavat Olam, but I’m going to say a bit of it now, because it says in ancient words the way that Richard often made me feel about the faith we shared:
You have loved Israel, your people, with everlasting love. You have taught us Torah and precepts….Therefore, Lord our God, when we lie down and when we rise up, we will meditate on Your truth for all time and take joy in the Scriptures because they are our life and the length of our days. …Baruch ata Adonai oh-hehv ah-moh Yisrael.Blessed are you, O Lord, who loves Israel your people.
With all his heart and all his passion for God, Richard loved Israel and the God of Israel who sent the Messiah wh…