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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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THE HUMAN SPIRIT: HIS WORLD WAS A WIDE BRIDGE
By Barbara Sofer
Bridge building is notoriously challenging for architects and civil engineers. The structures have to bear enormous weight and withstand weather, fire and unpredictable natural disasters. Construction is often treacherous. Precise planning is necessary, but not always sufficient. When successful, a bridge isn't only a passageway but an object of beauty.
Building bridges across the enormous chasms that separate practitioners of different religions fraught with historical and ideological conflicts is also thorny. No one knew that better than the renowned religious bridge builder Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein, whose life was tragically ended last week by a heart attack. His efforts were buffeted by tempests at every turn, but persistence and good will usually prevailed and many of those who vilified him came to regret their attitude. Would that the Jewish world that first maligned him could have earlier shown the foresight to appreciate the vista of what he was about to accomplish.
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