Chain of Miracles
A rabbi reflects on the meaning of survival.
May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35 • By ROBERT M. GOLDBERG
Today, Rabbi Lau comforts the victims of terror, visits wounded Israeli soldiers, and attends many weddings as three of the most important of his various responsibilities. He has urged Fidel Castro, Pope John Paul, King Hussein, and President Hosni Mubarak to promote peace and secure a better life for Jews in other lands.
Ultimately, Rabbi Lau is a warrior who believes he must teach future generations to fight for survival as he did. He recalls the speech he gave at the bar mitzvah of his oldest son, about the last verse in the chapter of Exodus, which describes the Israelites’ battle against Amalek. In Jewish tradition, Amalek is not simply a tribe described in the Bible; it is the desire, “from generation to generation,” to wipe out Judaism:
Robert M. Goldberg is vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest in New York.