by Rabbi Adam Roffman
Remember Eleanor Rigby?
Eleanor Rigby who picked up the rice in a church where a wedding has been.
She lived in a dream.
She waited at her window, wearing a face
That she kept in a jar by the door?
But who was it for?
If you remember Eleanor Rigby, you probably also remember Father MacKenzie.
Who sat writing the words
To a sermon that no one will hear
Because no one comes near.
We saw him working,
Darning his socks
In the night when nobody’s there.
What did he care?
It was these two figures that sprang from Paul McCartney’s imagination that provoked him to ask this profound question in 1966: All the lonely people…where do they all come from?
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