Super Soul Sunday
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
Posted: Sun 12/09/2012 02:00 PM
He’s a bestselling author, teacher, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the people Oprah admires most in the world. In 2006, she chose Night, his groundbreaking memoir about surviving Auschwitz, for her book club. “Seven years ago, we took a trip together that changed my life,” she says. “I had the privilege of visiting Auschwitz with Elie Wiesel as my guide.”
Since that time, the globally-renowned champion of human rights has faced new challenges. In 2008, he learned he lost his life savings, and $15 million from his foundation, in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. In 2011, Elie was rushed into emergency open heart surgery. His long road to recovery required a great deal of soul searching, which resulted in his latest book Open Heart, a powerful work of art that ruminates on questions of life and death and what it really means to be human.
Now, he and Oprah are sitting down again to discuss love, death, faith and much more. Watch highlights from their conversations below!
In 2006, Oprah and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel walked the grounds of Auschwitz together. Still, there's one thing Elie didn't share with Oprah&mdsah;or anyone—until now. Watch as Elie opens up for the first time about the remembrance of his little sister he carries in his pocket.
In June 2011, doctors found he had five blocked arteries. Watch as he opens up to Oprah about why he wasn't sure he would make it through surgery, his fear of dying and what the first thing his grandson said to him when he came out of surgery. Plus, find out why Elie says he came out of surgery loving his life—and those in it—even more.
Elie says the body may not be eternal, but the soul is. Watch as he shares what he believes happens when he dies. Plus, Elie reveals how he felt his father's presence as he fought for his life after emergency open heart surgery.
Posted: Fri 12/07/2012 08:00 AM
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel has survived the unthinkable, as well as emergency heart surgery. Here are 10 lessons we can all use to make the most of the life we have. Click here to read them all.
Then, tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT for Oprah's complete conversation with Elie Wiesel. Watch on OWN or join our worldwide simulcast on Oprah.com or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Fri 12/07/2012 08:00 AM
Professor Elie Wiesel finds his Breathing Space among the beauty and books of the New York Public Library. Take in the sights while listening to his favorite music.
Posted: Thu 12/06/2012 08:00 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel is one of Oprah's personal heroes. In 2006, Oprah traveled to Auschwitz death camp in Poland to learn firsthand from Elie—a Holocaust survivor—about the horror he recounted in his book, Night.
This Sunday, Oprah is sitting down once more with the man "who's lived through hell without ever hating." At 11 a.m. ET/PT, Oprah is sitting down for an all-new conversation with Elie Wiesel about life after emergency open heart surgery.
At 12 p.m. ET/PT, stay tuned for an encore presentation of their trip to Auschwitz. It's a show you'll want to watch again and share with others.
Before then, watch as Oprah opens up about lessons we can all learn from that sobering visit.
Plus, Oprah shares why visiting Auschwitz with Elie was a "life-fulfilling moment."
Posted: Wed 12/05/2012 08:00 AM
June 16, 2011
"It's your heart," says the gastroenterologist after performing an endoscopy on me.
I am surprised: "Not my stomach?"
For some time now, acid reflux has been one of my nightmares. My longtime general practitioner also feels it has contributed to the various health problems that have afflicted me for the past several years.
My wife, Marion, and I have just returned from Jerusalem, where, every year, we spend the holiday of Shavuot with close friends. In keeping with the tradition to which I have remained faithful, friends and I spent the night in a yeshiva in the Old City studying biblical and Talmudic laws and commentaries dating from the Middle Ages.
This time, in Jerusalem, it had all gone well. No terrorist attacks. No border incidents. Even my cursed migraines seemed to respect the sanctity of this night, of this city unlike any other. But now, back in New York, suddenly my body revolts. The new piercing pain in my shoulders rises all the way to my jaw. I swallow a double dose of Nexium, the medicine I take for acid reflux. This time without success.
"No, neither the stomach nor the esophagus," replies the doctor after a moment of silence. "It's certainly the heart." Ominous words, inducing fear and the promise of more pain. Or worse.
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