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Virtual Shiva for Hal Ehrentreu – husband of Barbara Ehrentreu

I’ve asked our poetic cohort, Pearl Ketover Prilik for permission to re-post her message here concerning the passing of our dear friend  Barbara Ehrentreu’s husband Hal. Pearl writes:

“Our friend Barbara Ehrentreu’s husband Hal passed away this Friday afternoon May 2nd, at 2:30. In the Jewish tradition there is a “sitting shiva” period where the family is visited by family and friends. Barbara is “sitting shiva” but due to circumstances of other illness in her family and geographical distances – Barbara has had few visitors. Since, there are so many of us here who wish Barbara only the best.. perhaps you might like to share a thought or a virtual “gift” sweets and food are traditional . I am not sure how this will work out but I know Barbara has many many hundreds of friends and perhaps we together can lift her spirits even a feather’s width.”


Follow this link to the Virtual Shiva for Hal Ehrentreu

Tradition calls for a seven day Shiva, but we are presenting the opportunity for three days here to share in offerings of good thoughts and solidarity with Barbara, extending through Wednesday. Please consider stopping by with words of comfort for Barbara as we “sit” with her at this time of her loss as we celebrate Hal’s life.

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8 thoughts on “Virtual Shiva for Hal Ehrentreu – husband of Barbara Ehrentreu

  1. Thank you Walt – your tender words during your “visit” today were beautiful.

    • As I stated Pearl, we’ve lost one of our family! The very least I could do. Many have stated that I echoed their sentiments. We are closer than we realize. It was good for you to assemble us for Barbara’s sake.

  2. William Preston on said:


    If points of light could be strung along a line,
    the gleam he cast would stretch across the county;
    for many are the glows he left behind,
    and many lives are brighter for his bounty.

    Pearl: I wrote this partly in response to this week’s prompt, but I hope it also is suitable for your friend.

  3. flashpoetguy on said:

    I did not know Hal, but I met Barbara on one of her radio shows. I offer her our condolences. May God have mercy on him and give him rest.

  4. Barbara and I have “known” each other for a few years now. She’s always been such a gracious lady, who devoted much of her time and energy to her family. This past year, especially, has been a most trying one for her. Sending her wishes for blessings of solace and peace seems such a small gift, and yet often the smallest of gifts are the best received.

    Fair well, dear Barbara, in this time of release.

  5. Barbara, although we only know each other through poetry sites, you are part of my virtual family. I am so sorry. I wish you a sense of healing in your own time.

  6. Anisoara on said:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Amazing that you were married for 48 years…you are not alone…people all over the world are with you.z”l
    from Toronto ,Canada

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