We must not panic or lose faith - Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC Founder & Dean

March 16, 2020

I want to wish you and your family well as we face the enormous challenge unleashed by RMH2020the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which threatens, not only the United States but the entire world. All of us must take seriously the recommendations made by the CDC and our Federal, State and Government Officials.  

At the same time, we must not panic nor lose faith, that in the end this too shall pass. We are the people whose grandparents and great grandparents experienced Auschwitz and the Holocaust, yet still taught their children and grandchildren never to despair. 

Indeed, our sages teach that the Almighty created many worlds before ours, but he still said of his new creation Earth, “Behold it is very good indeed.”  So must we come out of this challenge by continuing to teach our children and grandchildren that behold, “Our future shall be very good indeed.”

Rabbi Marvin Hier
Founder & Dean
Simon Wiesenthal Center

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