|Entry: I am a junior Jewish Studies minor. I will actually be continuingmy Jewish studies in
Melbourne Australia this semester. I read the article in the Raleigh
N&O paper today about your mother. Please read this email to her if
you get a chance.
I want to thank her and tell her she is blessed. Not only is it a gift
of a monetary amount, but to me, of so much more. It is a gift of
love, for the Jewish people and contiued learning. It is a gift of
support, to know that as the department contiues to grow, and I
continually get excited as a new course is added, there is support from
the community. Most of all, it is a gift of comfort. Comfort, to me
and hopefully to your mother and family. Conformt in the words of your
mother, in the end of the News and Observer article that ran today, not
that MAYBE we will prevail, but that we WILL prevail. I hope that I
can indirectly give your mother comfort that we will prevail, as I want
to be a Jewish professional and make a difference in the Jewish world.
In a totally different way, but I believe it can be compared, as it was
hard to be a Jew in Poland during the holocaust, it is at times also
hard to be a Jew in North Carolina and the South. But my faith is
reafirmed with the love of people like your mother which allows for the
education to continue. I believe through knowledge and education, we
can combat ignorance and unacceptance.
I feel so much comfort when I attend the Jewish Studies Lectures and
see people of all ages coming together to learn. I hope you are able
to attend some of the lectures in the series. Although, I am usually
one of the few undergraduate students, I take comfort in knowing that a
thirst for knowledge of Jewish studies does dont diminish when the
formal college education end.
So again, please pass along sincere thanks, respect, and ahavah to your
mother and that she is in my prayers.