Sunday, February 12, 2012

Obituary for Rabbi Gunther Plaut

The Times has a nice obituary for Rabbi Plaut, highlighting the Torah commentary he authored for the Reform movement. I hadn't realized that he was a refugee from Germany - he studied law and gained his law degree in 1934, but wasn't able to practice because of the Nazi racial laws. He studied Jewish theology for a year in Berlin and then was awarded a scholarship to study at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. His parents also succeeded in escaping Germany in time, spending the war in Britain.

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