Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky wrote the following poem to Rabbi Bulka when he was first diagnosed. The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin wanted to share it with the community, with Rabbi Boyarsky's permission.
Dear Rabbi Bulka,
The news this past week, we are trying to digest
Knowing you are in such pain, gives us no rest
Believe us when we say that you are not alone
with our prayers we will turn over every stone
You’re such a special soul, encouraging others to restart
When with your sensitivity you detect a broken heart
When someone you knew was having it bad
It was clear that you shared in his pain and were sad
You shared words of comfort as you’d always say
“With HaShem’s help, please G-d, you will be ok"
We all knew and felt that you have our backs
With words of support and generous acts
You seemed to always know when to reach out and call
reassuring us that we would not falter or fall
You always knew just the right thing to say
In your impressive, comforting, sensitive way
I saw you tell a husband that he just lost his wife
Something you sadly experienced in your own life
I was with you when you comforted a dad as he buried his son
Again, something sadly you, too, personally have done
And I was awed by your devotion, how you were there with love
Encouraging all to have faith in the One above
You always showed a brave face, you weren’t one for crying
But we knew in your heart you were aching and sighing
When you talked with top brass or you spoke publicly
Your message was always kindness and unity
You always made eye contact as we walked in the door
With your added touch of class, of your friendship we were sure
At a wedding or Simcha you had us on the floor
With your jokes and one-liners we were begging for more.
Hearing you speak was a beautiful treat,
Your style and originality could not be beat.
You didn’t grab a coat when the cold weather did start
For you were kept warm by your loving, vareme heart
Your love for Eretz Yisroel was always on fire,
Something we all respect and admire.
So thank you for teaching us all how to live
Following your motto that to live is to give.
With Hashem’s help and blessing we know you will survive,
And with you at the helm, our community will thrive.
With lots of love and admiration,
And a heart full of appreciation.
Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky