Chutzpah, that's Dr.
Ruth! Almost 5 feet of chutzpah, and then another 5 feet of fierce joie de vivre!
When I first heard that Dr. Ruth
would be coming to the Museum I thought that I would see a hundred-year-old
woman talking about sex. I remember in
my earlier years hearing Dr. Ruth talking about things that nobody really
talked about out loud. And she educated us all in life and sex. But now I’ve
grown up and so has she.
As an educator, therapist, mother, and
friend, I understand the ups and downs of living. During the 60s I was part of
the women’s movement and marched with some of the greats like Gloria Steinem. I
was open and ready to learn from Dr. Ruth when she came into her prime. When I
was practicing in the 80s and 90s, I often referred to her as a role model. She
truly was part of the psychology lexicon.
Monday night, almost 600 people heard
her talk on living life with verve, excitement, and joy. “Seize the day” was
her primary message. Enjoy the moment. Life itself is living. Although we
always hear about living life to the fullest, she takes it one step beyond. She
was a perfect fit for this Museum as it educates the public and connects people
closer with their pasts.
I didn’t see a hundred-year-old woman last
Monday night. I didn’t see a woman who escaped the Holocaust. I didn’t see a
woman who lost her parents at a young age. I saw a woman full of
excitement, energy, knowledge, and joy.
-Dr. Judy Finkel volunteers at the
Museum as one of two academic liaisons who founded and now oversee the Museum’s
thriving internship program.