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Memory And Belief In The Wake Of The Holocaust: An Interview with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau


Rabbi Lau (right) with interviewer Daniel Retter.

Rabbi Lau (right) with interviewer Daniel Retter.

Perhaps the main reason for the lack of Holocaust education in yeshivas is that it was the secular community that initially published literature about the Holocaust while the haredim stood aside. Now we are trying to catch up with what has already been put out there by the non-religious.

Your book is replete with mention of your beloved brother Naphtali, who cared for you like a parent. Why didn’t he follow in your father’s footsteps as you did and become a rabbi?

Naphtali is very religious but he felt the times did not call for him to be a rabbi. He studied in the Lomze Yeshiva and he roomed with Rabbi Moshe Soleveichik, z”l, Rabbi Israel Sorotzkin, z”l and, libadel, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, who all influenced his life. He is a wonderful brother, and those who read his book, Baalam’s Message, will understand why he entered government service rather than become a rabbi as I did.

About the Author: Daniel Retter, Esq., is the author of the sefer “HaMafteach” (Koren Publishers), an indexed reference guide to Talmud Bavli and the Mishnayos, in Hebrew and English. A frequent contributor of feature articles to The Jewish Press, he practices immigration, real estate, and business law in New York City. He can be contacted at dretter@retterlaw.com.


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