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Monday, February 26, 2007

Two deaths

Two German Jews just died at great age: Horav Mordechai (b. Shimshon) Breuer zetza"l, and Mr Heinz Berggruen za"l.

Rav Breuer was a an immensely important Torah scholar, respected by Orthodox Jews as well as by atheist bible scholars, who might not have cared so much about his ideas concerning parallel narratives, though still considering them worth a thought, but acclaimed his important work in the edition of the text. He was from a family that formed large parts of German Jews.

Mr Berggruen was an art dealer and collector with a good nose for Picasso, Matisse and the like when they were already well-known, but before prices started to skyrocket. Some ten years ago, he returned to his native Berlin after 70 years of emigration in the US. Some five years ago, he basically gave his 750 million dollars art collection to the state for free. Oh, and he got back his German passport and voluntarily returned his US citizenship. He was German society's darling. An old, and so by default, wise Jew, with the Jewish sense of art and the Jewish sense for big money, not at all mad because of this unpleasant episode back then.

I deplore every human being's death.

German Google news about Mr Berggruen's death: 148
German Google news about R' Breuer's death: 0

US: 100 vs 1 (from Haaretz' English edition)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i posted on rav breuer at
http://agmk.blogspot.com/2007/02/r-mordechai-breuer-ztll-master-masoret.html

i was also unpleasantly startled when i tried doing a search about rav breuer.

-ari kinsberg

Monday, February 26, 2007 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, from what i rememeber rav breuer would have not have been the least upset that his passing was not noted in google german

-ari kinsberg

Monday, February 26, 2007 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous The Back of the Hill said...

He was German society's darling. An old, and so by default, wise Jew, with the Jewish sense of art and the Jewish sense for big money, not at all mad because of this unpleasant episode back then.


You would begrudge them a darling? Faugh! They've been standing alone in a corner for sixty two years with nothing but five million Turkish guests to keep them company.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger YMedad said...

Rav Breuer lived in Bayit Vegan and I attended his Shabbat gemara shi'urim for 8 years as well as the famous ice cream Shavu'ot night study sessions from which we would march in to the Kotel (that's a long walk and a longer walk back). His wife, Esther, is a Temple Mount activist whereas he was a Meimadnik.

Thursday, March 08, 2007 5:41:00 AM  

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