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From Isaac (Bougie) Herzog's the Forward of The Rabbinate in Stormy Days
The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog, The First Chief Rabbi of Israel
by Shaul Meizlishby
As I write this foreword to the English edition of the biography of my grandfather, Rabbi Herzog, of righteous memory, I do so with the inspiration of a moving personal incident that I experienced this week. As part of my role as opposition leader in Israel’s Knesset, I visited hundreds of citizens who were evacuated from their homes in Haifa due to the major fire that hit the city. In one of the emergency shelters, an elderly woman approached me along with her son. “I’m Mrs. Ganz,” she began, “and your grandfather, Rabbi Herzog, saved
my life. I am here thanks to him. I was a child alone on the children’s train that he smuggled from Poland to Prague and then to the Land of Israel.”
As I hugged her, tears sprang to my eyes. In this way, each week, and sometimes even daily, I receive “greetings” from my distinguished grandfather, Rabbi Herzog, of righteous memory.
I ask myself the question in the popular Israeli song “Ha’ish Hahu”: “Where are there others like that man?” Where, indeed, are there other rabbis comparable to Rabbi Herzog?