On Shabbos Eli Weisel passed away at the age of eighty-seven. I recalled reading his first book “Night” which had a profound effect on me. Many years later I had the opportunity to have breakfast with him and a small group of Jewish professionals in Houston where I was working at the time. We were discussing the incredible double standards that the United Nations placed on Israel when it created a resolution equating Zionism with racism. Mr. Wiesel was as concerned as each of us in the room were, but he offered the “Wiesel spin” which made him so special and unique. He said that setting a double standard for Jews is a testimony to the fact that we are a special people with special responsibilities, and he added I hope that the world will continue to expect that from us.
His most famous comment shines light on the work that we do at Lev Lalev. He said “That the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference”. How many of our girls suffered from indifference and neglect. Our job continues to be to give the girls the love and comfort that they need to build their self-esteem.
Mr. Wiesel- we will miss you. May your teachings continue to influence people from the world over to do good.