Rabbi Maurice Lamm, z”l

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  1. dr. bill says:

    I met Rabbi Lamm Z’L on a number of occasions in the last 12 years of his life when lived in North Woodmere where my children moved.  I hardly knew him but three anecdotes leave an impression.  First, years ago, around 1970, he published a very thoughtful article in the journal, Judaism.  The cover (yellow, I seem to recall) incorrectly identifies the author as his brother, but his name is correctly given inside.  The article is a classic on how Jewish halakhic/ethical values can be applied creatively in the modern world.  Years ago, I was already impressed.  Second, I visited him in is home when he was too ill to come to shul Shabbos, and he had to remove his breathing tube in on order to converse. (I was accompanying children/grandchildren who did so regularly.) He did so to the point of discomfort, in order to make his guests feel welcome.  Needless to say, it made me uncomfortably aware of the situation I unwittingly created.  Third, on the rare occasions we were both in Shul, I invariably heard him giving the Rabbi, a half century his junior, complements on the drasha as well as an incisive point or two on how to deliver the message more sharply. I wish I could give constructive criticism and heartfelt praise as naturally.  Yehi Zichro Baruch.

  2. Shmuel Landesman says:

    Rabbi Adlerstein:

    I appreciated your appreciation of Rabbi Lamm z”l.

    I once took a 6 week course of his at YU and he was fantastic.

    What’s amazed me about his book on aveilus is that it helps both those yeshiva educated and those with zero background.


  3. Shades of Gray says:

    Rabbi Lamm’s  The Power of Hope: The One Essential of Life and Love is one of the books  I currently keep for bedside reading. It’s a small-sized book, published by Simon and Schuster/Scribner that sold 50,000 copies in its first printing. He draws on stories from his chaplaincy career and from his own experience to encourage hope among people of all backgrounds. Yehi zichro baruch.

  4. Raymond says:

    Unfortunately for me, I only knew Rabbi Maurice Lamm rather indirectly.  His son David was and continues to be in a professional musical band with my oldest brother.  They play their music at Jewish weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other such religious Jewish events.  I have to admit feeling intimidated by the elder Lamms, being that all of them seemed or actually were very prominent Rabbis.  They seemed like untouchable celebrities to me.  I suppose in a way, I felt toward them, as secular Americans feel toward the Kennedy family.   Despite this sense of awe I had about them, feeling inadequate to get to ever actually know them as flesh-and-blood human beings, I did find myself feeling a deep sadness upon hearing of the death of Rabbi Lamm.  It is as if it spelled the end of a very special era in Jewish life, perhaps one that no longer exists, now that the religious world has become more and more chareidi over the recent decades.  I will forever consider myself to be part of that world, and not what the religious Jewish world has become.  Baruch Dayan Emet.

  5. lacosta says:

    RYA—-   i  i am eminently repeatedly impressed by your ability to present a nuanced moerate yet forceful haredi approach to life. if all  haredi authorities /functionaries , even all contributors to your website could project the same attitude, there might be a chance of peace at least amongst many of so-called O jews, at least…..

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