Dear Mr. Kraft,
Finding myself overcome with appreciation and compelled to write something in acknowledgment of your organizations actions, I decided to go straight to the source and thank the individual I believe most responsible for very publicly showing the world the value of all lives, but in this particular case, a Jewish life.
I tend to write these letters more as a means of expressing my displeasure with the actions or words of individuals in a position of some influence. However, given the opportunity to recognize exceptional actions is something I am always extremely happy to do. With that in mind and I am sure I speak for many when I say thank you to you and your New England Patriots organization for the beautiful tribute you made tonight for Ezra Schwartz.
The words spoken by the PA announcer, remembering and honoring all the recent victims of terrorist attacks was moving and appropriate. I have no doubt that the same thing would likely have been done for any young 18 year old Patriots fan and resident of Massachusetts had they too been murdered under similar circumstance and the fact that Ezra was Jewish is not the main reason for the ceremony, but as a Jew that does not matter to me. You see Mr. Kraft, in this day and age far too many people, Jew and non-Jew alike, don’t seem to put enough value on Jewish lives and it is not so much the fact that it was done because he was Jewish that matters, it’s the fact that this tragedy wasn’t ignored even though he was Jewish, something the Jewish people see far too much of these days. For that I thank you personally.
As the camera cut to you during the ceremony I saw the genuine sadness in your face and couldn’t help but think how we need more Americans and more Jews like yourself who use their position to honor those who would otherwise be ignored. I also couldn’t help but think something that my fellow Philadelphia Eagles fans might find unacceptable but I was thinking nonetheless, and that is, Lets Go Pats.
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