Local rabbi reflects on how Shimon Peres shaped her life

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HUNTSVILLE, AL-   Israel and the world are honoring Shimon Peres as a visionary and a fighter for peace. The former President and Prime Minister died overnight at age 93.

When asked to reflect on the life of Peres, Huntsville Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar read the following quote.

"Let us adopt the road to peace and innovation which will always be better than war and terror," said Bahar.

To Bahar, Peres was a dreamer, an innovator, always pushing to ensure Israel's science and technology fields thrived, while also being a warrior for peace.

Peres changed the course of human history, working with other world leaders for decades to bring peace to the Middle East. The Oslo Accord, famously signed at the White House in 1993, earned him, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader, Yassir Arafat, the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rabbi Bahar was just 14-years-old when the Oslo Accord was signed, but the day remains etched in her memory.

"It gave me tremendous hope for the possibility of peace and whenever I think of him I think of somebody who isn't afraid to make bridges, to think about how to take the moral imperative that we've been given-- to be a better person to make the world a better place," said Rabbi Bahar.

At 7 o'clock on Sunday, Rabbi Bahar will lead her temple in a Rosh Hashanah celebration, as the Jewish faith brings in a new year without one of its brightest stars.

" It is a year that will be brought in with some sadness, at the loss of Peres-- for the entire Jewish world, but also a year full of promise and hope for a better stronger Jewish people because of him we know we have to work harder to make the dream of peace a reality," said Rabbi Bahar.