Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg recently gave a graduation address at Harvard in which he discussed faith and prayer.
Zuckerberg was an attendee of Harvard himself, and although he dropped out, he was later given an honorary degree from the prestigious college. He was raised in a Jewish family, but later began questioning the importance of faith and religion. He even became an atheist for a time, but in a Facebook post at Christmastime, he revealed that he had had a change of heart.
“Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me,” he wrote, referring to his wife, daughter, and dog.
According to the Washington Post, a commenter replied, “Aren’t you an atheist?” to which Zuckerberg responded, “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”
He proved that that is the case in the graduation address he gave at Harvard last week. In that speech, Zuckerberg made reference to the Jewish prayer “Mi Shebeirach.” He said he sings this prayer to his daughter when he puts her to sleep every night.
“It goes, ‘May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,’” Zuckerberg quoted in his address.
“I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing,” he added.
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Publication date: May 31, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.