Ariel Chaim Avrech
Here is the full video of the Torah dedication that took place on Sunday August 25 2019 at the Young Israel of Century City. After the Torah is brought into the sanctuary the speakers are: Rabbi Elazar Muskin of the Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi David Singer, Karen’s brother who lives in Efrat, Israel, and Rabbi Eliezer Gross, Dean of Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles where Ariel attended high school.
Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We wish all our friends and relatives a happy and healthy New Year.
In his 1899 Harper’s Monthly essay, “Concerning the Jews”, Mark Twain concludes his reflection on the Jewish people with a question.
All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?
There is no secret.
At least not to those of us who understand Jewish history and our eternal covenant with HaShem.
The Jewish people are immortal because of their adherence to the Torah.
This year, instead of the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, my wife Karen and I dedicated a new Torah in our son’s blessed memory.
The ceremony took place last week. The video should be up here at Seraphic Secret in a few weeks.
Every lecture delivered in memory of our son Ariel Chaim ZT’L is special. But this year’s lecture by our good friend Jackie Danicki is extraordinary.
Fifteen years ago Jackie and I met online after she wrote a beautiful comment on one of my earliest blogposts about our beloved son who had passed away.