When I was Rabbi at Oxford for 11 years, I hosted an annual lecture that was delivered by a Nobel Peace laureate. For some of those years it was sponsored by Edmond Safra in memory of his late, elder brother Elie. We agreed that the speech would be delivered by someone who made a vast contribution to world peace and won the prize.
Among the Nobel peace prize recipients we hosted were Elie Wiesel, twice, Mikhail Gorbachev, Joseph Rottblatt, Shimon Peres, and Yitzchak Rabin, who speech was canceled a few hours before it was delivered because the first of the horrific bus bombings that followed the Oslo Peace Accords for which he won the prize.
I have been around many other recipients of the prize, from Desmond Tutu to Jodi Williams to Henry Kissinger. A big highlight was the stage I shared with perhaps the world’s most celebrated living recipient