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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.

A story is told of an incident on a bus in Jerusalem. A pretty young lady got on the bus and sat down in a vacant seat next to a Hareidi rabbi. The rabbi arose in a huff and walked quickly away from the woman. At the next stop, a Sephardic rabbi got on the bus. Seeing the empty seat next to the young lady, he sat down. The young lady was perplexed. She asked the rabbi sitting next to her: “When I sat down next to a Hareidi rabbi, he got up and stomped away from me. But you’re also a religious man, and yet you sat down next to me. How do you explain this?” The Sephardic rabbi replied: “That Hareidi is a rabbi. I am a Hakham!”

We all know the famous question asked about someone’s trustworthiness: would you buy a used car from him/her? If we suspect that a person is dishonest or manipulative, we could not trust that person to give us a fair deal.

Shalom, and welcome to our new blog. I hope to use this blog to share my thinking on a variety of topics, and to elicit your responses, comments, questions.

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.

A story is told of an incident on a bus in Jerusalem. A pretty young lady got on the bus and sat down in a vacant seat next to a Hareidi rabbi. The rabbi arose in a huff and walked quickly away from the woman. At the next stop, a Sephardic rabbi got on the bus. Seeing the empty seat next to the young lady, he sat down. The young lady was perplexed. She asked the rabbi sitting next to her: “When I sat down next to a Hareidi rabbi, he got up and stomped away from me. But you’re also a religious man, and yet you sat down next to me. How do you explain this?” The Sephardic rabbi replied: “That Hareidi is a rabbi. I am a Hakham!”

We all know the famous question asked about someone’s trustworthiness: would you buy a used car from him/her? If we suspect that a person is dishonest or manipulative, we could not trust that person to give us a fair deal.

Shalom, and welcome to our new blog. I hope to use this blog to share my thinking on a variety of topics, and to elicit your responses, comments, questions.