RivkA has died.

Our old friend RivkA lost her fight with metastatic breast cancer today.  She and I didn’t always agree on things, but we agreed on the need to SPEAK OUT about this beast that is cancer, to keep working to tell people that LIFE DOESN’T END with a cancer diagnosis, and to help other women fighting their own battles.  Her time for words has ended now, but that doesn’t mean that her words will have had no impact.  I leave you with a link to a talk she gave in June 2009, which she asked be reposted on her blog shortly before her death.

Please daven, pray, or whatever is appropriate in your faith tradition today for Rivka bat Yishaya and her family.


13 Responses to RivkA has died.

  1. marty says:

    God bless RivkA and her family.

  2. ohgrammy says:

    I’m so sorry.

  3. extremeparenthood says:

    I am so very sorry. I never knew her and yet it is another mother, another wife, another friend, another daughter, another beautiful person gone too soon from this world.


  4. The world lost a bright shining light today, a smile that could light up a whole room, and a laugh you couldn’t help but join. At least through the words she left behind and the way she inspired others to speak out (even when we didn’t always agree with what she was saying), to continue to raise awareness, and to go out and LIVE each and every day of their lives a part of her will continue on in everyone she’s touched.

    Baruch dayan ha’emet.

  5. Stimey says:

    I’m so sorry.

  6. Andrea says:

    I so loved RivkA! She was genuine, real… said what she thought, turned her thoughts into words (both typed & spoken)… and never ever wanted anyone to feel sorry for her. She was & will continue to be an inspiration to all for many years to come.

    Rest in peace, dearest RivkA!

  7. Bee says:

    like so many others I loved RivkA and I will cherish and love her memory. She was a woman of worth, more precious than rubies and leaves behind her a vast hole in this world.

    Fly free, fly high my friend.

    Baruch dayan ha’emet.

  8. Andrea says:

    I read that over 1,000 people were at RivkA’s funeral. An article was written about her in the Jerusalem Post. All the lives she touched. Can you even imagine. What a woman… what a life.

    • There were so many people at the funeral Andrea that many had to stand outside, listening to the loudspeakers. It was a night of so much love, and pain, and yes even laughter. RivkA would have wanted it that way, and I trust that even now she’s up there somewhere taking the place by storm.

      Here’s a link to the Jerusalem Post essay you mentioned, it’s a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman.

      • Andrea says:

        Thank you so much, Robin! Oh, to have been there… and I agree with you so much when you said “RivkA would have wanted it that way…”. Yes indeedy she would have.

        Even tho dear RivkA lived so far away from me, I still feel the void on the planet Earth knowing she doesn’t walk on its surface anymore. I would *love* to have a peak of where she is now, wouldn’t you? “Taking the place by storm” are perfect words to describe it. 🙂

        Oh RivkA, I pray you know how loved you are!

  9. Michele Chabin says:

    I have never seen so many people attend the burial of a private person in Jerusalem. More than 1,000 people, men and women, of all ages, gathered together at 10 pm on a chilly Jerusalem night and paid their last respects to a young mom who really and truly inspired many of us to live more loving, more deliberate, more in-the-moment lives.

  10. whymommy says:


    Thanks, friends, for your words about her passing. It is good to know that her life and her words mattered.

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