Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have developed customs, rituals and observances to guide us and provide comfort when a loved one dies. Moment Senior Editor Francie Weinman Schwartz, coauthor of The Jewish Moral Virtues with Eugene B. Borowitz, has prepared this compendium to help you make decisions in advance and know what to do when the time comes. Due to safety concerns brought about by the current public health crisis, we’ve also included new traditions to consider.
Elisha Wiesel joins us on the fourth anniversary of his father’s passing to share stories and reflections on the lessons he learned from his dad, Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Elisha is in conversation with Nadine Epstein, Moment editor-in-chief and editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life & Legacy. Moment is pleased to host this special zoominar to honor the memory of Elie Wiesel who co-founded the magazine 45 years ago with writer Leonard Fein.
In his editor’s note in the May 1975 inaugural issue of Moment, Fein set out the magazine’s mandate “that Moment will help raise the sense of Jewish possibility, hence also raise Jewish aspirations.”
Esther Safran Foer, author of the recently released I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, shares her deeply moving story about her journey to learn more about her father’s family. It was not until Esther was an adult that she discovered her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust. Interviewed by her dear friend and former NPR All Things Considered host, Robert Siegel, Esther reveals how she became a detective and traveled the world in search of the family she never knew she had.