Course, Department of English Language and Literature
Even though I knew you for a short time, I will always remember your kind hearted soul. You were an inspiring figure for me for the great work you did as Oranim Radio presenter since I have always had the dream to become a radio or TV presenter. I will never forget when you recorded my first speech and I, after having read it you looked at me, nodded and told me "just great". Thank you for letting me believe in myself and may your soul rest in peace. Your voice will be missed.”
“Moshe made us feel comfortable when we came to record. Kept smiling and he gave us advice regarding the delivery of a speech. Moshe made us feel at home, and we felt his willingness to be of assistance to us and to the department.”
“Even though I did not know Moshe for a long time, his kindness and good will were noticeable right from the beginning. He instructed us in his professional and modest way, and I wish I would have had a chance to thank him for that in person…”
“I think I am speaking on behalf of the whole class when I say that we are privileged that we got to meet Moshe, even if for such a short while. We met him and had a chance to work on the radio with him maybe three times which is clearly not much, and we can't say that we knew him very well. And yet, the message of his death this past Sunday struck all of us, without exception with great shock and sorrow.
We met Moshe on maybe three occasions and for such short periods of time, and yet he was so nice, patient and with a great desire to teach and enrich us, with a big smile and tons of patience, just because that's who he was. And everyone noticed it.
It doesn't take a lot of time to make an impression on people. We didn't have the privilege to get to know Moshe any longer, but we can say that it was a great privilege, and that Moshe made quite an impression on us.
Our deepest condolences to the family.”
These words, from the students in the English Language & Literature Department Rhetorical Skills course, well reflect the warmth and support Moshe gave us. The impression he made in such a short time was lasting, as these words express.
I too responded to the aspects of Moshe’s personality that the students have detailed here. Although it is true that we knew each other only a few months, he was so very helpful when I was working on setting up this course, with creative ideas about to integrate recording into the syllabus, that I felt grounded in a rather unknown area. He never hesitated to respond to my questions, share his experiences and go over his syllabi to assist me, with patience and enthusiasm. He even willingly agreed to speak English to the students, a point I actually raised jokingly, and which he did brilliantly. He was always available to me, and when we met, he was always smiling. His voice – gentle, warm and wise – is already missed.
Buddhist wisdom says that “[f]rom the standpoint of eternity, there is hardly any difference between a “long” and a “short” life. Therefore, it’s not whether one’s life is long or short, but how one lives that is important. It is what we accomplish, the degree to which we develop our state of life, the number of people we help become happy—that is what matters.”  Clearly, Moshe mattered.