Elie Wiesel is one of the foremost Jewish authors of our time, known primarily for his literature describing the Shoah, the Holocaust, and for conveying knowledge of the Jewish and Hasidic heritage. Open Heart opens a completely new chapter in Wiesel’s oeuvre. Faced with a diagnosis that will require open heart surgery, he reflects on his life and his career. The challenge of serious surgery brings him to evaluate what he has achieved in a remarkable life, and to come to grips with the work that he still wishes to complete. Characteristically, Wiesel writes with humility and in a voice that resonates for us all as we face our mortality. In many of Wiesel’s works, he writes of Hasidic masters and rabbis who are known not only for what they teach but for how they live. In this book the author lives up to being a master role model as he shows us how to evaluate our lives to date and how to look forward to continuing our life’s work and mission.
Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan is a Jewish educator and rabbi living in Miami, Florida. He serves as executive director of the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County.
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