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Author of "Jacob's Courage"

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Location: United States of America
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TRCB - Member Profile - Charles Weinblatt

Charles S. Weinblatt was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1952. He is a retired University of Toledo administrator. Weinblatt is the author of "Jacob's Courage" and "Job Seeking Skills for Students." His biography appears in the Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Education. Weinblatt was a frequent Toledo television news guest, providing business, economic and labor-management insight. He received the 2004 United Auto Worker's Douglas Frasier Swift Award and he was awarded a certificate of achievement by the Chrysler Corporation.

Weinblatt writes novels, short stories and published articles. He lives in Ohio with his wife Fran, who is a special education teacher. They have two adult children, Brian and Lauren, who created the cover art for "Jacob's Courage."

For Jews, the bitter taste of slavery, blind hatred and murder was a constant companion. Even their ancestral homeland, Israel, was conquered repeatedly; their sacred temples destroyed. Repugnance, despair and darkness exist within human nature; just as love, compassion and devotion also exist there. We learn nothing about ourselves if we do not examine these vastly disparate portions of our psyche. Here, among the ashes of genocide, one can feel hope for the survival of the human spirit.
Into the gas chambers and crematoria, the Jews of the Holocaust emptied their faith and continued to worship the God of their ancestors. In their darkest moments, the Jews of Nazi concentration camps fabricated a “normal” life for their progeny. Despite their impending mortality, they created an ordinary world on the inside to protect children from raging genocide on the outside.
The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av has come to be known as Tisha B’Av. It begins at sunset on the eighth of Av and ends at sunset on the ninth. It has come to be known as the saddest day in the Hebrew calendar. Throughout Jewish history, the ninth of Av has been recognized as a day of tragedy. Many dreadful events occurred or began on this day in history.
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The terror of genocide is not necessarily an inevitable human outcome. We must learn from the mistakes of our past, rather than repeat them. As long as we teach our children about the horror of the Holocaust, there is hope that it will never happen again.
What if there is an afterlife? Would that imply that inappropriate behavior could be redeemed in the afterlife? Can we act with senseless brutality and be forgiven? In the absence of science, when giant leaps of faith leave us wanting, we must turn to logic.
Life is tragic, exciting, wonderful, and terrifying - all at the same time. Yet our journey through the passage of time allows us to act in ways that benefit others. Time is the fire in which we burn. We have only one chance to act wisely with each fleeting moment. Compassionate behavior is superior to repentance. Selflessness overcomes egoism. Tolerance surpasses hatred and fear. Contentment is a gift that each of us can control. It is achieved, paradoxically, by making others happy.
Why am I here? What should I do? Where should I go? With whom? What will happen when I am gone? Why is there so much pain? What is the meaning of life?
Racism, hatred, intolerance and bigotry are the artifacts of fear. Eliminate fear and there will no longer be a need for the tools of bigotry. This is our challenge. We must convince the haters that they have no reason to fear minorities. This is the greatest and most noble challenge of our generation. The reward for success is tolerance, respect and mutual recognition. We can share our planet together as equals. This will be our legacy.
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