Sunday, December 06, 2009

Death of a giant . . . who wrote about the Bible and love

I never got to learn with Professor Yochanan Muffs, but I know how deeply his work impacted many other scholars and lovers of the Hebrew Bible. He struggled, and continued to teach, for many years in the face of a debilitating illness, and, in that way, was also a great inspiration to many. So, I was saddened to learn, today, that he had died. Here is the information the Rabbinical Assembly sent out about his funeral and shiva:

We are sad to inform you of the death of our distinguished colleague and Professor of Bible at JTS, Rabbi Yochanan Muffs,z"l. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Monday at 9:30 am at Congregation Ansche Chesed, 100th iSt and West End Ave. in New York City, 212-865-0600.

Yocheved will be shivah at her home, 280 Riverside Dr. At 100th St with minyan Tommorow through Thursday and Motzaei Shabbat at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 am, Thursday at 7:20 am, and Sunday at 8:30 am.

May his memory be for a blessing