Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Archives

When we memorialize Ariel, we not only remember the past, we imagine a future that might have been.

ariel-chaim-avrech-sidebar-logoHad he lived, Ariel would be in the prime of his life.

We imagine him, married to a lovely and modest young woman, perhaps with several of the six daughters he wished for, all named for the Jewish expressions of joy: Gilah, Rena, Ditzah, Chedvah, Reah, Shalom, and Reut.

Always sensitive to the needs of others, but immersed in learning Torah, Ariel was pursuing a degree in Special Education. But he aspired for more and tormented himself at the age of twenty pondering a choice of career, even when in the throes of critical illness.

Ariel never doubted that he would survive. He sincerely believed that his biggest challenge was finding his life’s path. The physical challenges were incidental compared to the task of learning, and spiritual growth.

Age 18 HS Graduate

Ariel raised our family to a higher level of holiness. He inspired his sisters with his sweet humility and kindness which guided them in choosing their husbands, men he would embrace as brothers.

We feel diminished by his loss, for he was a beacon illuminating our family with a special light. From the time Ariel was born, we always said, “Ariel is special.” We will continue to declare it every day, and especially on the day of his memorial lecture.

Contrary to all logic, as time passes, our memories of Ariel have become more vivid. The images of every stage of his life are easier to evoke in all nuance and detail.

This is a mixed blessing since it intensifies our longing for his smile, his steadfastness, his intelligence and kindness. Yet the enrichment of memory strengthens his role in our family as a luminous spirit, guiding us in the corporeal world.

His goodness, his Torah scholarship and modest piety are a constant reminder of what we should all strive for in our lives.

Indeed, Ariel’s absence has been transformed into a deeply felt presence.

2017: Daniel Greenfield
2016: Ben Shapiro
5/22/16 Los Angeles, CA Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2016 Steve Cohn Photography 5/22/16 Los Angeles, CA Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2016 Steve Cohn Photography
2015:  Larry Elder
6/7/15 Los Angeles, CA YICC Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2015 Larry Elder with Rabbi Muskin and the Avrechs
2014: Michael Medved
2013: David Horowitz
2012: Joel B. Pollak
2011: Yossi Klein Halevi
2010: Dennis Prager
2009: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
2008: Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl

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