As a parent, grandparent, and educator and having devoted my adult life to helping people who confront life's challenges, the matter of resiliency or lack thereof has always been of more than passing interest to me.
Namely, how do some people find the inner strength to survive and even thrive while facing the vicissitudes of life, while others crumble under the strain?
Is this a skill that can be passed on or even taught or is it more like, "You-either-have-it-or-you-don't?"
Well, having spent the past 24 hours in the presence of 90-something Holocaust survivors, with another 36 hours to go, I am probably in a very "resiliency enriched" environment.
With that in mind, I have been doing my best to spend quality time with as many survivors as I can and I've been trying to figure out "What's Inside Their Box?" that allowed them to wake up each morning amid the sub-human conditions and backbreaking labor.
My dear rebbi, Rabbi Chaim Feuerman, recently remarked to me that if one is quiet and listens very carefully, one is almost certain to learn important things.
I've been doing lots of listening and hope to collect and share these thoughts with you.
In the meantime, please take a few moments and have a look at this short video I recorded and posted earlier today in Auschwitz. This is a video of the survivors saying Kaddish in Auschwitz: http://youtu.be/UEfZTNQIugA
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