Last night we drafted our will related ideas down, and I thought I should quote from those for two reasons:
- To see if anyone could enlighten us with their one ideas. For example, if someone has a good claim for an item of mine that they should receive at the event of my death (say, my copy of Mad Magazine featuring the Top Gun parody), here is your opportunity.
- As I have no particular secrets I would like to keep to my dead self, I thought it would be better if my current final wishes are here for everyone to see. That way there would be less surprises and that way there is less chance of my wishes not being followed.
With that in mind, here are some excerpts of my thoughts so far on matters where privacy is not an issue:
- In the event of my death, all my Hebrew books should to go to my sister. Many of them are gifts from my late uncle that she’d be able to appreciate even if she doesn’t like science fiction in particular.
- Everything else should go to my wife (or my son, if we’re both dead).
- Under no circumstances should our son be made an Israeli citizen or moved to live in Israel. However, he can visit his family there as much as he wants.
- Funeral arrangements for Moshe:
Under no circumstances are funeral or memorial arrangements to include religious ceremonies or motifs (at the punishment of prematurely joining Moshe). In particular, no Yarmulkah/Kippah are to be worn by anyone and no prayers of any kind (Jewish or other) are to be read.
Although Moshe does not intend to attend his funeral or memorial services on his behalf, he warmly recommends people to listen to his favorite music, watch his favorite films, read from his favourite books, look at all the stuff he put on the Internet, or watch Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Moshe particularly recommends the last episode of Cosmos, Who Stands for the Earth.
Moshe's body is not to be taken back to Israel for burial (unless Moshe happens to die in Israel).
Ideally, Moshe's body is to be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly method available. If that is too complicated, then cremation is a viable alternative.
Update from 24/2/2011:
After further consideration, here are some more items I would like to add. Those who know me must have wondered how these requests never made it to the first draft:
- My son may not be indoctrinated in any religion.
- My son may not go to a school of religious affiliation (e.g., Jewish, Catholic).
- My son may not attend religious education classes at school.
- My son may not take part in activities of predominantly religious nature (e.g., religious camps).
Needless to say, the above cease to take effect once my son gains the right to make his own decisions at the age of 18.