Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe, who has ben called “a living hero”, has led a life of courage and compassion.
Competing in the New York Marathon earned him the nickname “The Running Rabbi.”
In 1980, Rabbi Jaffe visited the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran to offer them comfort and hope and deliver letters to their families and loved ones. Upon the return of our freed Americans he was invited by President Ronald Reagan to greet them in a White House ceremony.
The Rabbi prayed with world leaders at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C and delivered a message about bridging the gulf that divides us. As a five time cancer survivor his battles with life threatening illness inspired him to co-author “Why Me? Why Anyone?”, the story of his rescue from leukemia and his spiritual triumph over despair. The Rabbi received the Presidential “Award of Courage” in a White House Rose Garden ceremony and was the candidate for Man of the Year of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He was honored with a doctorate from his seminary for his work in “comforting the sick and his noble influence upon all people.”
Engraved on his ID bracelet are the fighting words: NEVER GIVE UP!