November marks the publication of OUT OF THE DEPTHS: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last, by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. A memoir by an extraordinary man who I am honored to have worked with, the book chronicles the life of the child who would be come Chief Rabbi of Israel, continuing an unbroken chain of rabbis in his family for a thousand years. With forewords by both Shimon Peres and Elie Wiesel, and illustrated with photos of the rabbi with world leaders such as Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, Yihtzak Rabin, Pope John Paul II and many others.
Last week, Rabbi Lau was interviewed at the 92nd St. Y in New York by Rabbi Menachem Genack of the Orthodox Union and a long-time friend in a lively sold-out event. I also attended a beautiful reception honoring Rabbi Lau and his book at the Plaza Hotel.
Rabbi Lau spoke movingly of his experiences, of the many “angels” who had protected him at different points in his life, and the obligations of a rabbi to his community (currently Tel Aviv), his nation and the international community.
Here is a wonderful video of Rabbi Lau: