Sunday, April 22, 2007

A light unto the nations

One of the most amazing things about working as a Rabbi/Chaplain to an overwhelming Christian population is to hear Christian patients testify about what Jews and Judaism have meant in their lives.

Just today -- at the end of a conversation of nearly an hour about her fears and troubles -- one such patient suddenly mentioned Liviu Librescu, the 76-year old Virginia Tech professor and Holocaust survivor who so bravely fought to save his young students' lives by blocking the door to the crazed gunman who stood on the other side. As she spoke, a tear came to the patient's eye, and, I'm not ashamed to say, to mine as well.

Professor Librescu, you are not just a hero for the lives that you saved -- at the cost of your own -- in that classroom on that day. You are a hero also for the message that you sent to people everywhere with your actions. Your name is surely a blessing to all of us.

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