Thanks to the superb series “The Roosevelts: An intimate history” on PBS, I recalled an interesting encounter with Eleanor Roosevelt.
It was in the early l950s when the young state of Israel opened a branch of one of its leading banks on 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. For the opening, the bank invited a large group of guests from all walks of life and faiths, hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt. I was among the guests and noticed that the large group formed a semi-circle around Roosevelt. Staying far away, visibly deeply moved, overawed and respectful, they did not crowd in on her. I wondered whether they acted out of politeness, fear or admiration.
I did not realize it then, but do now, they realized that they were in the presence of a person who was already a saint in her lifetime.
Ruth B. Melchet