Daily Israel Report

Video: What Is It Like Being a Jew in Berlin?

Berlin Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski, in Israel for the annual Herzliya Conference, tells Arutz Sheva what it is like being a Jew in Berlin today.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 1/31/2012, 8:16 AM

Berlin Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski, visiting Israel for the annual Herzliya Conference, tells Arutz Sheva that assimilation and the Holocaust are the major issues he deals with in day-to-day life.

“The perspective of life” of a Jew defines how he lives as a Jew, says Rabbi Rozwaski, head of the Berlin Yeshiva Academy and rabbi of the Lev Tov [Good Heart] synagogue.

“If you are a survivor [of the Holocaust], you naturally feel what happens and cannot stop thinking about it because there are so many things that remind you of the past,” he says.

“What you bring with you is what you feel,” he adds, explaining that a younger person who is detached from Judaism is an example of someone who could be assimilated.

Anti-Semitism and assimilation are permanent issues, according to Rabbi Rozwaski, who deals with fighting negative attitudes and with the continuation of Jewish life, which he says will go on exist in Germany.

Aliyah – moving to Israel – also is a priority, and the rabbi says a strong attachment to Israel is a natural outgrowth of a similar feeling for Judaism.