On Israeli Radio Kol Hai, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, eulogized Elie Wiesel, who passed away this week in New York:
“For forty days he succeeded in putting on tefillin in Auschwitz, at tremendous risk.”
“People of his age went through a huge crisis of faith. [But when Wiesel] arrived in New York he immediately contacted an Orthodox Synagogue. For Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot he would come to Jerusalem. He gave his son, Shlomo Elisha a proper bar mitzvah.”
“This was a Jew who never denied the God of Israel. He turned to Him in all of his books and his talks.”
Wiesel wrote the foreword to Rabbi Lau’s memoir, Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last, published by OU Press.