I really liked this story on CNN (source WRAL) on Holocaust survivor, Morris Glass, who is having his bar-mitzvah at 83–Mazel tov!
Mr. Glass was denied his rite of passage as a teenager to become a bar-mitzvah, because his family, like so many at the time, where being murdered by the Nazi’s in the Holocaust.
As he is one of the dwindling few Holocaust survivors left to tell his story–I value and appreciate these lessons that Mr. Glass shares in the interview:
– Be grateful for your loved ones.
– Never forget that terrible things happened to people (slavery, murder…) and could happen again, if not prevented.
– Everything you do, you should do right, even the little things.
– You are free to serve G-d, not free from responsibility.
– You are the future.
– Never lose faith; never give up.
To me, these are lessons in life and in leadership that are universal whether we are at bar-mizvah age (13) or at 83 and whether you are you celebrating Passover, Easter, or whatever.