Legacy by Lev Grossman-Spivack
My mother was driving me to an Open House at Boston University, where I will be attending college. I had been going through some difficult problems the last couple of weeks, and it felt good to "vent" to my mother, and tell her all of my problems. I had four Advanced Placement exams to take in a few weeks and the deadline for finishing this website would follow shortly after. On top of all this work, I was having trouble with my relationship with my girlfriend. I was in a whiny, grumpy, self-pitying mood. In response to my moaning and bickering, my mother quietly reminded me of my own slogan, "W W L D." A smile immediately light up my face, and the rest of the day was interesting, fun, and exciting.
This is the legacy of Lenny Zakim. He has positively effected more lives throughout his own life than anyone could count. Using myself as an example, the first time I heard of this awesome man was when my mother showed me his obituary in the Boston Globe. However, since the time that I started working on this project I have begun to feel extremely connected to him. When it feels like I am overwhelmed with work and I have doubts about whether or not we will be able to finish, I just think to myself, "What Would Lenny Do?" and that gives me a burst of energy that lasts for the rest of the day.
There is no doubt in my mind that the work he has done in hate prevention, interfaith relations, and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) will be continued. I am confident because I am filled with wonder when I think about the effect he must have had on some of his close friends. When conducting interviews with Glenn and Susan Rothman, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Rabbi Mark Sokoll, and the Zakim family I felt chills down my back because of the things that were told to me.
Lenny was not simply a great man, who had a successful career. Lenny is the perfect role model because he loved life, he loved people, and he loved to have fun. Because Lenny had a passion to live every day like it was a gift from God, it was only natural for him to accomplish the extraordinary. Lenny had about four or five full-time jobs, and still had time to be a Hall of Fame husband and father. If nothing else is learned on this website, I hope visitors will be able to grasp the source of Lenny's strength; he loved living.