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April 18, 2013 1:18 PM
She is a blessing to the world
We should all learn from this powerful woman. She is full of wisdom and inner strength we can all learn from her life experience. This is truly inspirational.
April 11, 2013 8:33 PM
thankful to whoom?
thankful to whoom? without hashem it has no meaning.
April 19, 2013 12:01 PM
I am religious, but I dont think that people without religious perspective are necessarily living a false life.
This lady has a beautiful neshama and can be in many ways more rightous than us religious.
Not everybody was taught and had an opportunity to embrace Yiddishkeit, but thinking that we religious are better than non religious is not only wrong in my opinion, but also dangerous.
The second Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of the hatred amongst the Jews. Chazal said that the Jews would be forgiven even idolatry by Hashem if they only felt Ahava Yisroel. (it does not say we all have to be religious)
May 1, 2013 2:59 PM
It made me sad to see the thankfulness without Hashem - and this has nothing to do with ahavas yisroel. True ahavas yisroel would mean that any Jew who is missing Torah should break your heart. Not that they are not incredible, and it's not up to us to decide their worthiness or their Olam Habah. But how sad the she is so strong and so special and yet not privileged to have Hashem in her life.
Not recognizing that means you dont understand Hashem. and in that case, certainly dont understand Ahavas Yisroel
August 13, 2013 9:21 AM
Right on Ruthiel
How can anyone judge this person it disgusts me when so called Torah people think they have the blueprint for Hashem it just shows that they don't know That they don't even know
April 11, 2013 2:54 PM
be thankful for everything God gives you
Learn learn learn and be thankful b'cos everything is a present and she goes on to say, she is Jewish without religion. i think this woman is still very beautiful!!!.
April 11, 2013 2:34 AM
there is diferents ways to be persecuted, you can have the whole freedom but be on prison of your fears in life. What I learned from these women was her optimism, we all need that in life.
April 8, 2013 7:42 PM
A valuable commodity
What a wonderful and talented pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is! And that is exactly why she, today, is still able to tell us of her positive outlook on life, because Alice was a priceless commodity to the Nazi murderers:Alice was no doubt keeping them spellbound with her professional concerts because the Nazis loved nothing more than classical music and were famous for "sparing" anyone who could be of use to them, especially musicians!That fact and the fact that she was "lucky" enough to wind up in Teresienstadt, the Model Prison of the Third Reich, saved her and her son's life..........And although I admire Alice for her positive outlook and her ever-present smile it will be good to remember that she most likely received priviliged treatment at the hands of the Nazis, simply because she was a valuable commodity to them. Had the "timing" been different, this talented pianist would have most likely wound up on a direct transport into Auschwitz-Birkenau without a chance to tell her Nazi captors about the fact that she was a gifted pianist and therefore able to provide them with hours of gracious entertainment, free of charge! Many victims were talented musicians or skilled workers but they were not fortunate to be given the opportunity to make their talents known, so they were not given the opportunity to survive. Alice must have been a brilliant pianist indeed, because if her recitals would not have measured up to the demands of her audience, she would most certainly not be here today and tell us about her good fortune and her survival!
April 9, 2013 9:02 AM
"And although I admire Alice for her positive outlook... it would be good to remember ...."
Every single survivor can pin point "something" that allowed them to survive. A "right" selection; a small privelage of working in the kitchens; a coincedence here or there; being at the right place at the right time, managing to survive where others didn't. It's not the circumstances - it's the person. Because many who suffered terribly look at those "coincidences" and focus on the good that allowed them to survive. And just as many didn't. So I don't think it's fair to say that the only reason she could have stayed positive is b/c she wasn't in the same situation as most others. This lady has a positve outlook period! If she had been in a Auschwitz and survived, she would have found the good in whatever had allowed her to survive THERE and focused on that instead!
April 10, 2013 2:06 AM
Thank you for saying what I was thinking.
April 8, 2013 7:36 PM
'Everything is a present'.Thank You!
April 8, 2013 4:58 PM
Who Will Live & Who Will Die?
I feel sad for this woman as her music is her religion. There isn't even one acknowledgment that it was through the Almighty's mercy and not the music that kept her alive. The real present is that she's still alive as a living testimony that we Jews are resilient & cannot be just snuffed out by anyone.
April 8, 2013 6:49 PM
For whom, really, should we feel sad?
As a fellow musician, and a baby at age 60, I understood perfectly that Mrs. Herz Sommer has no need for lessons in "religion" for she is in HaShem's Arms and enjoys the rapture He has blessed her to know--and play for others. Thank you dear Lady, you make all Jews proud. You've set His Love to music.
April 8, 2013 9:49 PM
Music is from God
Music is part of God's Love
April 9, 2013 9:04 AM
The music IS what G-D sent her as a gift to keep her alive!
April 9, 2013 3:51 PM
Music is a gift from G-d and it's incredible how she is so positive but it would be wonderful if she knew how to focus her gratitude and be grateful to the One who gave her the gift!
April 8, 2013 12:17 PM
I have been privileged to visit Alice mnany times. The last was a few hours before seder night with my 13 year old son. Alice personifies Jewish hope for the future. She is one of the most positive people i have ever met. we have much to learn about positivism, joi de vivre and appreciation of every tiny thing in life from this wonderful lady
April 8, 2013 10:37 AM
This 'young lady' has found the SECRET to LIFE!!-A grateful EVER THANKFUL ATTITUDE
Dr. Alex Pister,
April 8, 2013 4:17 AM
My kind of gal
Now thats incredible.
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