Remembering Dr. Michael Wyschogrod
by Rabbi Marc D. Angel
With the passing of Dr. Michael Wyschogrod on December 17, 2015, the world has lost a remarkable thinker, a fine human being, and an eloquent spokesman for Jewish faith and tradition. The Modern Orthodox Jewish community has lost one of its greatest contemporary philosophers.
Dr. Wyschogrod was born in Berlin in 1928. As a child, he witnessed Kristallnacht as the great synagogue in Berlin was desecrated by anti-Jewish mobs, when a Torah scroll was stretched on the street so that hooligans might trample on it. His family was fortunate to emigrate from Germany in 1939, coming to the United States.