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Ben Porat Yosef Commemorates 9/11

BPY middle school students heard from Wendy Lansky, a survivor of 9/11, who spoke about her experience on that fateful day. Lansky works for Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which had offices in the Twin Towers. In age-appropriate language, she described her morning on 9/11 and what life was like back in 2001, when smart-phones were not prevalent and people living in the United States did not have any personal understanding of terrorism. Both Lansky and Rabbi Zucker, BPY head of school, in his introduction, emphasized universal themes of helping one’s fellow man and woman—citing the thousands of first responders to the scene. Lansky also cited her work colleague, Abe Zelmanowitz, an observant Jew, who stayed with his wheelchair-bound friend, Ed Beyea, in order to help him evacuate, as the towers crumbled. Both Rabbi Zucker and Lansky highlighted the importance of kindness and that providing assistance to those in need can transcend the horrors that can befall the modern world.

 

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