Kehillat Israel Podcasts

Yom Kippur Afternoon Speakers 2023: Violence and Forgiveness

October 4th, 2023  •  33 mins 12 secs  •  Download (9.9 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Gary Wright and David Kaczynski were unwittingly placed on opposing sides of the longest-running, most expensive, criminal investigation in American history. Gary is a survivor of an explosive package sent by Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. Kaczynski's brother, David, reached out to the victims of these crimes leading to an unlikely friendship between Gary and David.

In this moving and very personal exchange, Gary and David discuss the different ways in which each was challenged by violence and how their friendship has grown in awareness of the power of forgiveness and the deeper meaning of our shared humanity—a vital message for Yom Kippur.

They are introduced by K.I. Senior Rabbi Amy Bernstein.