September 17, 2006

Destiny in a sack

Letter to Jerusalem Post Magazine

Thanks for an excellent resumé on the career of Justice Aharon Barak.

The story of his childhood escape from the holocaust in a burlap sack was fascinating.

It reminded me of another child who bypassed the gas chambers being carried by his brother in a sack and who similarly rose to great prominence in Israel. That was Yisrael Meir Lau.

Ironic therefore that Chief Rabbi Lau came from a religious background and so endeared himself to the secular, whilst the secular Barak so alienated himself from the religious.

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