The Lasting Connection between Ed Koch and Daniel Pearl

February 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

We think you will find the copy below particularly moving and meaningful. We are very grateful for the remarks by Daniel Pearl (Tikkun Olam Award recipient #22) on the tombstone. Click HERE for the one-hour Temple Emanu-El celebration of Ed Koch’s life.

Ed Koch Tombstone

 

Ed Koch’s tombstone is already in place. Here’s his epitaph

By Ken Paulsen/Staten Island Advance February 01, 2013

Ed Koch lived life on his own terms, and his personality is reflected in the words inscribed in his tombstone, which is already awaiting the late mayor’s burial Monday at the Upper West Side’s Trinity Church Cemetery.

Engraved in the large headstone are the words of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, spoken before he was killed in 2001 by Islamic terrorists: “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.” It also contains a prayer found in the book of Deuteronomy: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one,”

Lastly, it contains an epitaph which describes how Koch wants to be remembered: “He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York and he fiercely defended its people. Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II.”

The photo was shared with us by the website forgotten-ny.com.

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