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(11) Anonymous, April 21, 2010 8:59 PM

We all know someone who was there

About 20 Years ago a friend and i were out walking near the university, also in Toronto. We were two girlfriends walking together who were joined together with a third, stranger, we had all recently attended a lecture or event educating university students about the haulocast... This 3rd young woman, i don't remember her name ... told us both a (true) story about her aunt, a public health nurse, living as a goy nurse in poland; she had discovered that a jewish friends' name was on a list for 'transfer'; i don't remember what the details were. What i do remember, and i will NEVER FORGET was what she related: that her courageous aunt had arranged to meet the jewish gentleman in the marketplace and 'escort him out of poland' as his fiance. That's all i ever knew; no names, no place confirmations ... we both knew this young student was telling us the Lord's truth; the two of us (goy young women) never spoke about this again ... but i've often thought of this moment; why did she tell us? what made her comfortable speaking with us in this way? Besides this, my close jewish friends have made the nazis far more than just a horror show of history; they have affected my life deeply and resonantly; often as educators, medical professionals and ethical dynamos!! none of my family share these sentiments or understand why i would want to attend liberal synagogues; shabbot services; paassover seder's and rosh hashanah celebrations all over toronto; to celebrate the uniqueness of each person's contribution; the gift of true freedom. A film will never be done that equals the complexity of the resistance to the nazis , either; but it lives on in the hearts and minds of generations since; and ii treasure my jewish friends as the threads binding together a tapestry of life itself!! Shalom

(10) ruth, April 21, 2010 11:09 AM

take time

This is a beautiful message. I can only add, take time also to commune with Nature, because we live in a sensate world. Be not only sensitive to the stories we can each tell but also to the stories embedded in trees, in the grass, in the tiniest creature to us who are much bigger. We are all part of a delicate web and to appreciate all parts of this is deeply, part of creation itself. Thank you, Lori.

(9) Anonymous, April 21, 2010 12:58 AM

One of the best Lori has done

I think this was one of the best that I have heard Lori do.

(8) David S. Levine, April 20, 2010 9:16 PM

A Wonderful Story

The story was wonderful not only for what the Dutch gentleman did but that he had to tell about it. It must have been bottled up in him for all that time and he finally found someone to tell it to who would validly validate what he had done. Yes, we all know unique people because every person is a unique person. Yes, be friendly with everyone who wants to be and ask about unique characteristics. Don't stereotype people and, where there are difficulties, try to be helpful and encouraging. It will certainly feel good.

(7) Andrew Katz, April 20, 2010 6:14 PM

My biggest fear

This talking to strangers is my biggest fear in life. I feel a powerful force compelling me to be silent when around people.

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