“There are no Jews in Morocco; there are only Moroccan citizens.” This was how King Mohammed V of Morocco responded to the Vichy government of France to the request to turn over Jewish citizens. “I do not approve of the new anti-Semitic laws, and I refuse to associate myself with a measure I disagree with,”
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, as I knew him, was not merely a giant of Torah, but also a giant of a man. He was a child prodigy—Rav Hillel Zaks, a grandson of the Chafetz Chaim and friend of Rav Aharon from Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, recounted that Rav Aharon stood uniquely above his peers even as a
January 1, the day that President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, marks the anniversary of the greatest assertion of presidential power in U.S. history. Lincoln understood that the constitutional authority for his action was found in his war powers. Concerned that the effect of the proclamation wouldn’t outlive the war, Lincoln did
It is with a great sense of honor and also personal pleasure that I celebrate with you the inauguration of Rabbi Shalom Bahbout as Chief Rabbi of Venice. I have known Rabbi Bahbout for many years, and his ability and dedication, together with his sweet disposition and character, are the qualities that will make him
One of the world’s most revered and charismatic Jewish leaders, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, recounts his story of survival in one of the Nazis’ deadliest concentration camps, his life after the war and his ascension to chief rabbi in Israel.