I truly admire this man and his tenacity and courage. He stepped out of his comfort zone and did something great, which was to help the Jews and Christians understand each other. In spite of his opposition he still kept pressing and pushing. I learned so much from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
When God has something for you to do its best to do it. From him going against the grain by attending Columbia University and allowing himself to be entrenched in culture outside of Jewish customs. My favorite part of the book is their trip to Russia.
“It came early in the life of the Fellowship, when he led a group of about forty Americans to what had once been the Pale of Settlement. There, in a small village, they met an elderly Holocaust survivor dressed in rags. His shack was unheated and his legs and feet were blue from the cold, but that, he said, was not his greatest problem. He had a heart condition that required an operation, and he couldn’t afford one, so he has resigned himself to dying. Eckstein chokes up when he talks about what happened next. “One of the men traveling with us, a Jew, asked how much it would cost. The old said it was $500. The Jew took out his wallet, counted out $250, put it in the old man’s hand, and said, ‘You’re halfway there.’ Then one of the Christians took out his wallet, gave the old man the rest of the money, and said, ‘Have the operation and may God bless you.’ That, to me, is a moment that symbolizes what I have been trying to accomplish, Christians and Jews coming together to bless one another.”
I recommend this book to many who see only opposition in front of them.It is so true that one person can truly make a difference.