Oprah, Elie Wiesel, and My Fellow Christians
When Oprah speaks, America listens. When Oprah points, America turns and looks. Perhaps most stunningly, Oprah can wave a book in front of us, and some of us may even put down our television remotes and plunge into its pages.
Her recent selection of Night, Elie Wiesel’s classic memoir of the Holocaust, as this month’s book-club feature on the Oprah Winfrey Show promises to capture the attention of a huge audience that still knows little or nothing of that shattering and defining catastrophe of our time. In her broadcasts with Wiesel, scheduled to include a filmed visit to Auschwitz, we will see an African-American woman stepping into the kingdom of night and marching among the shadows. This educational odyssey may open the door to new understandings, not least between Christians and Jews.
About the Author
Christopher M. Leighton, a new contributor, is a Presbyterian minister. For the past twenty years, he has served as executive director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland.