From the Holocaust to Légion d’honneur

As we pass through our lives it becomes evident that “What you leave behind” matters. This column is about giving a second look at those who have passed and reviewing what they left behind. We will focus on those who chose to do good in the world and encourage others to do the same. In the Torah, it is written:

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”
Genesis 1:31

We see that what God created, He considered good. What we have done with it is another matter.

In Judaism, the concept known as Tikkun Olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם or תקון עולם’) (literally, “repair of the world”, alternatively, “construction for eternity”) is a concept interpreted as the prospect of overcoming all forms of idolatry, and by other Jewish denominations as an aspiration to behave and act constructively and beneficially. This week we take time to honor Dr. Simone Veil, DBE.

Sarkozy greets Simone Veil. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Simone Veil

Simone Veil (1927 – 2017) was an Attorney and a politician. Her remarkable life story took her through the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to a highly decorated life of public service, for which she was recognized with numerous awards.

She truly made a difference for many people. She leaves behind a legacy of overcoming the difficult circumstances life gave her by empowering herself with education and trying to help others throughout her life time. She lived Tikkun olam.

**This article is presently being revised to incorporate additional relevant material and links, and will be updated in the coming days. Please check back for the revised version of this article on Simone Veil.

United Israel World Union is 501(c)3 educational research organization founded in 1944 by David Horowitz (1903-2002), who devoted his life to its goals and purposes. Its primary focus is to function as an association for any and all who are drawn to the One God of Abraham and the revelation of the Holy Scriptures (the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible).

Restoring Abrahamic Faith by Dr. James Tabor is a great place to start to discover what the Hebrew Bible says, sans its religious interpretation. The regular Sabbath Classes held by Ross Nichols are a great place to see how we view the Torah and its instruction and meaning in our life. See the UIWU web site for more details. https://unitedisrael.org/

I ask you to consider joining us on this journey: A search for the Ultimate Truth. Let us make the world a better place.

By David F. Tyler, Minister and Member of the Board of Directors, UIWU

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