Laszlo Berkowits says that when he was arrested in Hungary with his family in 1944 and taken into Auschwitz concentration camp, he was a “totally non-theological 16-year-old boy.”
Today he is a Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.
Although he survived the Holocaust, his parents and two younger siblings did not. In the years since he was freed by the 82nd Airborne, Berkowits emigrated to America, served in the Army and has been a rabbi for more than four decades.
“Do not ask for a blessing. . . Be a blessing,” Berkowits said with characteristic pragmatism when asked about prayer by On Faith’s Sally Quinn. “We [humans] have a job to do.”
» Watch Berkowits talk about why he believes God is not omnipotent and his understanding that we are “partners with God in the perfection of creation.”