How the Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Had Faith After the Holocaust

by Leah Rosenberg

Listening to Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau speak about the Holocaust and how he became what he became is beyond inspiring. This is a must hear.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and the Holocaust

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau is the former chief rabbi of Israel. He also is a survivor of the Holocaust. He survived when he was just a child. His story is unbelievable. Rabbi Lau wrote an autobiography which in English is called “Out of the Depths.” It is a must-read book.

Hearing the way Rabbi Lau speaks and how he became what he became is remarkable. No one can understand what he went through as a young child. He was just two years old when the war broke out. His survival is miraculous, and G-d clearly had big plans for him.

The way he speaks about faith as oppose to understanding might seem simple, yet it is profound. Faith is not about understanding. We cannot understand G-d. And we are not supposed to understand G-d. We have to know that there is a Creator who is All-Knowing and All-Powerful. Faith and something rational like math are not the same, and people cannot treat them the same.

Rabbi Lau said that he was too young to have questions during the Holocaust and even after. But there was a simple faith that he was raised with and lived by and still lives by. He continued in his family’s footsteps.

He went from the Hell of the Nazi death camps to the head rabbi of the Jewish state of Israel. He is proof the Nazis lost.

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