This Sunday David Horowitz To Deliver 10th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel Avrech, Z"TL, May His Memory Be A Blessing

Ariel Avrech, Z”TL, May His Memory Be A Blessing

You are all invited to The tenth annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954

For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

We are excited to announce that David Horowitz will deliver this year’s lecture: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

In his memoir, Radical Son (1996), David Horowitz traces his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative advocate. Horowitz has devoted the past several years to combating the radicalization of the American university. In 2003, he launched an academic freedom campaign to return the American university to its traditional principle of open inquiry, and stemming the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic indoctrination prevalent on elite American campuses.

David Horowitz is the founder and director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He has spoken at over 300 colleges and universities and continues to visit more than 30 campuses a year. He has appeared on Nightline, Crossfire, Today, Hannity, the O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Had he lived, Ariel would be in the prime of his life, turning thirty-two years-old.

We imagine him, married to a lovely and modest young woman, perhaps with several of the six daughters he wished for, all named for the Jewish expressions of joy: Gilah, Rena, Ditzah, Chedvah, Reah, Shalom, and Reut.

Always sensitive to the needs of others, but immersed in learning Torah, Ariel was pursuing a degree in Special Education at Johns Hopkins University while simultaneously studying Torah at Ner Israel Rabbinical Academy. But he aspired for more and tormented himself at the age of twenty pondering a choice of career, even when in the throes of critical illness.

Ariel never doubted that he would survive. He sincerely believed that his biggest challenge was finding his life’s path. The physical challenges were incidental compared to the task of learning, and spiritual growth.

Ariel raised our family to a higher level of holiness. He inspired his sisters with his sweet humility and kindness which guided them in choosing their husbands, men he would embrace as brothers.

We feel diminished by his loss, for he was a beacon illuminating our family with a special light. From the time Ariel was born, we always said, “Ariel is special.” We will continue to declare it every day, and especially on the day of his memorial lecture.

Contrary to all logic, as time passes, our memories of Ariel have become more vivid. The images of every stage of his life are easier to evoke in all nuance and detail.

This is a mixed blessing since it intensifies our longing for his smile, his steadfastness, his intelligence and kindness. Yet the enrichment of memory strengthens his role in our family as a luminous spirit, guiding us in the corporeal world.

His goodness, his Torah scholarship and modest piety are a constant reminder of what we should all strive for in our lives.

Indeed, Ariel’s absence has been transformed into a deeply felt presence.

Karen hugs Ariel on his first day as a student at Ner Israel Rabbinical Academy, Baltimore, 1998.

Karen hugs Ariel on his first day as a student at Ner Israel Rabbinical Academy, Baltimore, 1998.

We wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.

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2 Comments

  1. Brianna
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Hope it went well.

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  2. Barry
    Posted June 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Most of us, the regulars, wish it were possible to be with you. Can’t imagine otherwise. Good Luck.

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