There is a Yiddish saying that goes, “People plan and G-d laughs.” In other words, life is unpredictable and we are just not privy to the Divine plan. People are put in our path and lives are changed forever. So it happened several years ago that I met David Silberman for lunch in Queens, NY for the first time to discuss the publication of a book he had written about the Holocaust. What started out as a conversation about our mutual interest in Jewish history, turned out to be the beginning of a treasured friendship and a relationship built on admiration and respect.  I had no idea then that I was meeting a true selfless and courageous hero or that these monthly lunches would have a profound impact on my life. To me, it was like sitting across from a modern-day King David who slew the giant Soviet Goliath.

 

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