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Remembering Elie Wiesel: A Light in the Dark Is Gone, Who Will Carry The Torch?

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(Originally written July 3, 2016 upon learning of Elie Wiesel’s passing, zk’l, dedicated now as the world still searches for light and meaning this Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day.)

When Elie Wiesel zk’l passed away at 87, the entire world lost a Man of Peace.

The man who maintained his humanity despite the barbaric cruelty he knew as a child in the Nazi concentration camps. The man who chose Life! The man who didn’t allow his past to crush his present and future, but enlighten and ennoble the sanctity of Life for all human beings throughout his life, no matter the Night he endured. Elie Wiesel gave us a most significant gift of the meaning of faith and trust, knowing the worst of man’s inhumanity to man. He nonetheless persevered in his advocacy for human rights around the world rather than lose hope and will. He dedicated his life not only to Holocaust education but to bringing peace to an intolerant world.

While the number of heinous terror attacks abroad have increased, it’s the baseness and “pure evil” that has arisen and intensified which has gripped all people and all countries everywhere. Nobody is immune, nobody. The level of fear around the world is immeasurable. It has manifested itself in differing ways in different countries. How many terror attacks does one need to recall? There have been so many at this point, one is too many, and it is almost impossible to count. Moreover as I am writing this, no doubt frightfully many more are being planned and carried out! One can’t help but think there surely are murmurings on everyone’s lips of “Where will the terrorists strike next, should I change my plans, can I continue with my........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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