Dear Aish Family,
This week the Jewish world lost a world-class educator and one of the founders of outreach in America. Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis was literally a force of nature and had a tremendous love of every Jew. She was a Holocaust survivor who came to America and strove to help Jews connect with their spirituality. I had the honor of hosting her at NCSY events. When she spoke you could hear a pin drop. Her words went straight from her heart to yours.
One of her most powerful quotes was “We have a generation that has surpassed expectations in every field,” she told The New York Times in 1997. “But when it comes to the Torah, we — the people of the book — have Jewish illiterates.” She strove to create literate Jews. Jews who understood and studied Torah.
May we learn from Rebbetzin Jungreis’s passion and dedication to helping Jews find their way home to the Almighty.
I would like to encourage all of you to watch the following video so you can be inspired by her as well:
Alarmed at the threats to Judaism posed by assimilation, secularism and the rise of religious cults, Rebbetzin Jungreis held a rally attended by 10,000 people at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden in 1973 to inspire a Jewish awakening. She also founded an outreach organization, Hineni, its name — Hebrew for “I am here” — alluding to Abraham’s answer when called upon by God in Genesis.
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