Live: Jackie Danicki Delivers the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

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.

Jackie Danicki delivers the 15th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture 6-10-’18
Photo by: Steve Cohn (310) 277-2054 © 2018 Steve Cohn Photography

Jackie and I developed an online relationship that quickly blossomed into a deep and abiding friendship. Baptized Catholic, we had only the deepest respect for the faith in which Jackie was born. And we assumed that Jackie’s interest in Judaism—she asked hundreds of questions—was just her ferocious intellectual curiosity at work. We never mentioned conversion to Jackie. Judaism does not actively seek converts.

Jackie’s path to Torah Judaism is the topic of her fascinating lecture.

When converts to Judaism complete their formal conversion process they adopt a Hebrew name. The name chosen is deeply meaningful.

The Hebrew name Jackie chose is Ahava Ariel. Which means: Love Ariel.

There were few dry eyes in the Young Israel of Century City when this beautiful name was announced.

Karen and I thank Ahava Ariel for honoring our dear son with the taking of his name and for delivering such a beautiful and meaningful lecture. Judaism is richer for Ahava’s presence among us.

We also thank our two luminous daughters, Ariel’s beloved sisters, who now live in NY, for attending this year’s lecture. You made the experience complete.

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  1. Raizy
    Posted July 2, 2018 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting Ahava Ariel Danicki’s memorial lecture. She is an extraordinary and holy neshamah. The haunting melody that is played before each lecture makes me cry. The picture of your beloved son Ariel Chaim, ZT”L, is a Mussar jolt to my neshamah.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

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    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

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    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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