Morris Black was born in Peterborough, Ontario, the 3rd of 4 children. His father, who emigrated from Lithuania, was the spiritual leader in Peterborough. HIs mother was also born in Lithuania. Morris lived his whole life in Peterborough, working in the family’s clothing store. He loved family, music, Israel, and Judaism.
The speaking contest was created 50 years ago following the death of Morris Black. He wrote in his will:
“We must have faith in G-d and hope that the passing of a human is not the end. In place of mourning teach others the value of study and learning…a wonderful heritage has been given unto us.”
Morris Black wrote a number of songs about people, friends, Palestine before it was Israel and about Israel. He wrote and sent 2 songs to prime minister Ben Gurion. The prime minister wrote him back and invited him to visit him in Sde Boker, where he lived.