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.”
Read his full comments on Arutz-7.
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.