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Posted September 28, 2013
The augmented edition of the book, "Harry Fischel, Pioneer of Jewish Philanthropy, Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle and the
Years Beyond," is auspicious and powerful. After reading the first Book, Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle, and now the augmented
edition, I was able to experience the true character of Harry Fischel in even greater depth. I was truly inspired by his great love of
G-d, which gave him the courage and strength of will to be able to fight for Jewish values, practices, and rights in the face of imminent
danger of failure, financial loss, his health weakening, etc. Nevertheless, he was still victorious. His philanthropic work was absolutely
awesome. To name a few, he played a major role in the founding and/or funding of Yeshiva College, the original Institutional
Synagogue, hospitals, orphanages, Kosher Food at Ellis Island and in hospitals, Jewish Relief Funds, and beyond. He was a
principal supporter of legislation to allow people to observe the Sabbath on Saturdays in the state of New York; he met with four
Presidents of the United States, etc.
I was inspired by his tenacity as expressed in the description of his meetings with President Franklin D Roosevelt (when he was
Governor of the state of New York and President). Such meetings revealed the power of Fischel’s intention and his success in
manifesting his dreams to enhance Jewish values and education to the highest levels.
Equally impressive is the description of the love and care that Fischel gave to his wife and children no matter how engaged he was in
other important matters, such as the establishment of the Fischel Foundation, which continues to support Yeshiva University and
other institutions and projects. One of my favorite ancient sayings is “Because of Deep Love, One is Courageous,” and courageous
Fischel was. As a result of Harry Fischel's great love of the wisdom of the Holy Scripture of the Talmud and as a result of Fischel’s
ingenious mind, he was able to grasp the pearls of wisdom from the Talmud. He knew it contained knowledge that would be
beneficial to other disciplines as well as to the development of science. His foresight led him to preserve and share this knowledge
for the betterment of all of humanity, going well beyond the Jewish Culture, for example, to the support of women’s rights to vote.
His accomplishments are an inspiration for both myself and my husband Jeff Tollaksen. We are honored to be members of the
Fischel family. Jeff and Yakir Aharonov are the Directors of the recently established Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman
University in Orange, California. Fischel’s lifelong road to success through right action and dedicated service to humanity, has been
a great role model for many.
Fischel was able to save the lives of thousands of people of the Jewish Faith, in America, Europe, and Israel. He helped them to
obtain food, housing and jobs. His work is responsible for keeping the Jewish Religion and Culture alive in America. The book is a
great testimony of what the inspirational leadership of one honorable man can accomplish in a single life-time. He sets a supreme
example of a man, who by the courage of his love, his principles and actions, has rippled through time, and has forged a higher
pathway, creating a better world for all of humanity. by Jayne Cohen-Tollaksen
Posted June 12, 2013
Amazing, fascinating, and thorough description of how one man can rise from rags to riches and enrich and transform the Jewish world educationally, physically, and spiritually.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.