Choosing Life

images.jpg From this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim:

I call upon heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life – if you and your offspring would live… (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

From “Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Victor Frankl:

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

1 thought on “Choosing Life

  1. Shirley Gould

    It’s been a very long time since I read Victor Frankl, but I was fascinated by the last phrase: one can choose one’s attitudes. If you recall, Jonathan Markowitz made a specific reference to my decision when my husband died. It was a decision not to wallow in grief, but to delight in life. And I had no idea that Frankl had put it into words.


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