We never met her, but we should make mention of her name: NADIA PURAM.

Last week Nadia Murad was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a former ISIS sex slave who received the award for her campaign to raise awareness of her trauma.

Nadia Puram was kidnapped by ISIS terrorists when they overran Yazidi areas of Iraq. The radical Islamist group slaughtered the men and took thousands of women as sex slaves. Murad was abducted in 2014 and repeatedly raped and beaten by her “owner,” who also allowed her to be gang-raped by other ISIS terrorists.

While many Yazidi victims of systematic rape and slavery sought to conceal their identities out of shame after being liberated, Nadia Puram went public with her story and launched an international campaign to raise awareness of the mass victimization of Yazidi women by ISIS.

Yes, there is much evil in the world. But there is also strength and courage and so many acts of extraordinary goodness. So does our religious tradition affirm that one day such acts of goodness will prevail.

Near the end of every service, we pray: “On that day in the future God will be One and His name will be One.” The implication of the prayer is that we will yet reach a time when all of humanity will realize, not only that there is but one God of all the world, but that there is but one humanity, and that we will have learned how to live together in peace and with dignity for all.

In the face of the cruelty that exists in our world, we Jews continue to embrace that worthy and hopeful vision.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi David Greenberg