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Elie Wiesel on "A Portrait of the Messiah"

This week’s show featured the first of three installments from the 31st annual lecture series “The Fascination with Jewish Tales” delivered by teacher, author and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. This year’s lecture series focuses on Jewish history, beliefs, and religious fanaticism.

This first lecture is titled “A Portrait of the Messiah.” Wiesel discussed the life and future of the Messiah, how history and other sources explain the phenomenon of its coming, and what the experience of waiting for the Messiah should be like.

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 “Three Encounters with Elie Wiesel: The Fascination with Jewish Tales” since 1975.