Another Man Done Gone
I didn’t know Art Gish well. I would see him at services at the Hillel Center in Athens, Ohio I knew that he was an activist in every sense of the word and although I cannot say that I am a peaceful man in that way, I respected him for his honest commitment to humanity as he saw it. I would also often see him at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday in Athens. We would shake hands, comment on the weather, good or bad and the produce of the day. Being a citizen of a country like the United States afforded him a platform to speak his views that he would not have been allowed in most other countries and speak them he did. He did more than talk, he put his money where his mouth was. In his way he was a peaceful warrior for the truth as he saw it. He must be profoundly respected for that. Vanessa wrote a beautiful piece about Art on her Blog The Labyrinth. Here is the link for that piece: http://thelabyrinthatfurpeace.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-write-about-doing-service-work-from.html. My cousin Audrey up in Rhode Island sent me this piece after she read Vanessa’s Blog:
Tzedakah is usually associated with a “charity box” for coins found in most Jewish homes. However it means more than that in Jewish living. Art Gish was a beautiful example of our basic teachings -
Jewish or not! Rest in peace.
“”Tzedakah” is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call “charity” in English: giving aid, assistance and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. However, the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, giving to the poor is not viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty, giving the poor their due. ”
Thanks Audrey… That says it all. Goals worth striving for. I respect a person who will fight for what he believes in. I, as a work in progress aspire to that state. Art Gish will be sorely missed. We need more caring souls.