My Impossible Journey From Death Camps to Chief Rabbi of Israel (ft. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau)


Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, born on June 1, 1937, in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, is a prominent Jewish religious leader and Holocaust survivor. At a young age, he survived the Buchenwald concentration camp, an experience that profoundly influenced his life and work. After immigrating to Israel in 1945, Rabbi Lau dedicated himself to religious studies and rabbinical leadership.

He was appointed as the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv in 1985, a position he held with distinction. In 1993, Rabbi Lau reached a pinnacle of religious leadership by becoming the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a role he served until 2003. His tenure was marked by efforts to bridge gaps between secular and religious communities in Israel and to promote Jewish unity.

Rabbi Lau’s legacy is one of resilience, spiritual leadership, and commitment to the Jewish people and their heritage.

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