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Elie Wiesel on "Why Pray?"

This week’s show featured the first of three installments from the 2005 lecture series “The Fascination with Jewish Tales” by teacher, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel.

In this lecture entitled “Why Pray,” Wiesel argued that “people must bring to prayer the fullness of their experience — including doubt, disappointment, or even anger — in order for their prayers to be meaningful.” Wiesel also addressed the question of the utility of prayer.

Elie Wiesel, an internationally renowned human rights activist and author, won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986 and has taught at Boston University since 1976. He has been delivering his annual three-lecture series “The Fascination with Jewish Tales” since 1975.