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“It was still dark that morning in 1942 when the Gestapo rousted from bed the Jews of Bobawa, a Polish village.

As must be obvious to every one of you, these are times of great tension and conflict in America.

At one point in her novel Fly Away Home, American writer Marge Piercy has a mother say of her daughters:

Elie Wiesel was just a wide-eyed and innocent adolescent when he and all the other Jews of the Transylvanian village of Sighet were jammed into cattle cars one April night in 1944 by SS troops, and shipped to Auschwitz.

Every once in a while in my life, I have a human conversation that so stuns or startles me that it proves impossible to ever forget.

Happiness is a deep, persistent and universal obsession for humanity.

I have a friend who traces her family roots back to the seventeenth-century French Huguenots

Take a moment right now to visualize in your mind’s eye the first American Thanksgiving feast which our Pilgrim forebears shared with their Native American neighbors on the shores of Massachusetts Bay in the Fall of 1621.

This morning, I want us to grapple with one of the most universal and troubling facts of human existence.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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