Tablet, an online magazine about Jewish life and culture, published a piece today by Elisha Wiesel, the son of Elie Wiesel, noted author and a survivor of the Holocaust. Elisha writes about fathers and sons, the pride they feel for one another, and what they can teach each other. Two days before Fathers’ Day, it’s a timely and brilliant piece, a powerful reminder that while we may not always agree with our fathers, they still have a lot to teach us.

“This is what I want to tell you about my father,” Elisha writes. “My father was a builder of bridges across generations. Through his love, reaching both forward and backward through time, I feel connected not only to him but to my grandparents as well. He was a builder of bridges across cultures and faiths. He taught and learned from Hindu and Muslim students, he broke bread with cardinals and atheists. He valued friendship as an ideal above all others. He had a way of seeing the best in people that brought their better natures to the surface. And he pursued his friendships from a position of inner strength and confidence derived from knowing where he came from. Throughout his entire life, he worked with a picture of his childhood home in Sighet over his desk.”

Read the entire article here.

—Tony Buchsbaum