The Committed Life


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Rebbetsn Esther Jungrais was born in Hungary, in a dynasty of rabbis whose roots date back to King David. Behind Esther Jungrais is the experience of survival in the concentration camp Bergen – Belsen, the creation of the organization “Guinea,” of she is the president, active work in journalism. She writes a weekly column in the Jewish Press, lectures around the world, writes for magazines including Newsweek, Time, People, New York, and the New York Times. She lives in New York City.

Find the meaning of life… It’s getting harder. The world in which we happened to live is so concerned with material prosperity that we have almost forgotten about such concepts as spirituality, eternal values, life calling. Once upon a time, the answer to the question “What is a man?” was important. Today, the measure of man is what he possesses. What he is – it does not matter at all. What is important is what kind of car he drives, how he dresses, what turquoises he spends money on…

But in the end, more and more people lose faith in themselves, plunge into depression, lose interest in life, break family ties. Connections are falling apart, more and more people feel that they are doomed to loneliness. They would like to change all this, but it seems to them that they are powerless in the face of circumstances. Things bought with money can bring neither life nor comfort. Year after year we plunge into loneliness, fear grows in our soul … So what do we do?

“A Committed Life” offers a different path. Rebbetsin Esther Jungrais appeals to people, helping others to find happiness familiar to herself. During World War II, when she was only six years old, she smuggled food and notes to a Nazi concentration camp. Then she learned the first of the lessons of the Torah: “Do not remain indifferent when the life of your neighbor is in danger.” Today, she leads other people, devoting her life to the struggle against the spiritual desolation around us.

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