When it was time for me to go to minyan to say Kaddish for my mother’s seventh yahrzeit, I decided to bring my foster daughter, Adira, and my partner, Jesse, too. For most of service, I was leading and Jesse had Adira in the sling. But when Jesse had an aliyah to the Torah, I sat with Adira on my lap, and she and I looked over the Torah portion together. She also enjoyed trying to grab my tefillin, and sucking on my tallit.
This Photo of a Mom Praying with Her Foster Daughter Is Perfect
It’s difficult for us to make it to minyan on weekday mornings, but having Adira with me at minyan while I said Kaddish for my mother was so meaningful.