Elie Weisel z”l

Elie Weisel survived the Shoah. More than surviving, he insisted that we talk about it. He insisted that our talk not be an exercise in self-pity, but that we cultivate a willingness to put ourselves on the line for any group of people denied the dignity of their own humanity. He did so himself, time and again.

Now he is gone, but his words remain.

If you have not yet had a chance to read one of Mr. Weisel’s books, start with Night. It is one of the world’s great books.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

6 thoughts on “Elie Weisel z”l”

  1. Rabbi, it’s a pity that those who want to make a change for the better are the ones who read such books and those who want to pursue chaos and revenge refuse to hear what people like Mr Wiesel have to say… how to get the message across???
    enjoy your Independence day holiday

  2. This is why I still wear the star. I came to your page knowing there would be something positive here on a day of “freedom” that has me feeling very concerned. Thank you. Together, we stand.

    1. You are welcome, Dr Brown. I believe the world could be much better tomorrow if we read “Night” and took Mr. Weisel’s message to heart.

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