Talmud this Shabbat: Elie Wiesel’s Challenge for a World Gone Mad


When Rabbi Gardenswartz shared with me the book Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger, I was prepared for a book about the Holocaust. What I found is a book filled with deep insights not just about that dark time, but directly relevant to our own.

Elie Wiesel reflects in chapter 4, Madness and Rebellion, “It is illegal to shout ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater. But if there is a fire, it is immoral to remain silent… one must raise an alarm in such a moment, even though it will perceived as the act of a madman, even though it makes people uncomfortable.”

Our world is on fire. How do we walk the narrow bridge from madman to witness to agents of change?

See you tomorrow at 8:30am.

Shabbat Shalom,
Michelle