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Nissel lecture to explore meanings behind Holocaust melody, ‘I Believe’

Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Congregation Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute will host author, educator and historian Rabbi Menachem Nissel at a fundraiser Sunday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. Nissel will present “Messiah: What We Believe, Why We Believe.”

“This topic holds so much meaning for me,” says Rabbi Israel Becker, explaining that a melody composed during the Holocaust by a Hasidic musician, to the words “Ani Maamin” (I Believe), “survived to become a song of strength and inspiration to Jews worldwide.” Becker’s mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, sang this song as a lullaby to him and his brothers throughout their childhood.

“Looking back at our history, we ask what is the power of those words ‘Ani Maamin’? — What do we believe? And why do we believe? Rabbi Nissel will provide answers to these very questions when he vividly describes what life will be like during the days of the Messiah,” says Becker.

Nissel was born in Great Britain and lives in Israel. His books include “Rigshei Lev: Women and Tefillah” (Targum/Feldheim 2001) and he is a regular contributor to Mishpacha magazine. He is a senior lecturer for Ner LeElef (Jewish Leadership Training) and teaches in yeshivot and seminaries in Jerusalem. He is the senior educator for NCSY, an Orthodox Jewish youth group. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute are producing a commemorative ad booklet for the event. Sponsors will receive two tickets. For more information, visit www.tucson