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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 4, 2009

October 4, 2009


In Jewish lore there is a legend of the lamed vovniks, the thirty-six just men on whom the existence of the world depends (Sarah would have had something to say about the gender prejudice of that). According to the legend, God had become so disgusted with his creation that he was determined to destroy it. But an angel came to plead with Him and to ask for a reprieve if she could find thirty-six just men in the world. In every generation, so the legend goes, there are always thirty-six just men – the lamed vovniks on whom its continued survival depends. The lamed vovniks are not conscious of who they are. They perform their acts of compassion and love out of the purity of their hearts. And the rest of us owe the world to them.

You are a light in our lives Sarah. You are a lamed vovnik. You have set the standard that we all must strive to reach. To never give up hope. To see ourselves in others. To be always putting up candles against the dark.

Remembering Sarah

Coming out this month is A Cracking of the Heart: A Requiem for My Daughter, which expands on the themes of the eulogy from which this quote is excerpted.

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  1. October 4, 2009 4:46 am

    Sometimes, in the English language, “man” and “men” didn’t mean anything gender based, it was a quick way to describe human beings in general. Take what you will on the the gender implicitness, but I think it’s a bit unfair to some old thinkers and ideas to say they were only thinking of males whenever they said “man” or “men”. Also, I apologize if I’m taking a small part of his words and formulating a dull statement.

  2. MaryAnn permalink
    October 4, 2009 7:42 am

    That’s beautiful. It is the vovniks who hold up the world; something we should all strive to be. I look forward to the book. Thanks.

  3. John Maner permalink
    October 4, 2009 9:08 am

    Where’s my signed book ?

  4. John Maher permalink
    October 4, 2009 9:09 am

    Forgive typo but sen the book. Six months more than puts god faith in question, non-Vovnik.

  5. October 4, 2009 6:21 pm


    I understand your feelings completely, my precious vovnik is also named Sara.



  6. October 5, 2009 1:21 pm

    David’s eulogy for his daughter was breathtakingly beautiful, one of the best things he’s written, ever. Thanks for the excerpt reminder today, re “Lamed Vovnik.” Say a mourner’s kaddish (no matter your religion) in your own way to remember his daughter and bless David’s memories. –JB in LA

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