Friday, April 4, 2008

Rabbi Herbert Friedman: The Loss of a Giant [3]

Amsterdam en route to Warsaw:

My colleague, friend, student, and teacher, Mel Konner, has posted a wonderful recollection of Herb Friedman.

Mel, a prominent anthropologist whose book Unsettled is a fascinating investigation of Judaism and Jewish history from an anthropological perspective, was actually the one who pulled Herb aside at the Wexner retreat and told him what was going on with me, i.e. that Irving was suing me and I needed a defense fund.

Mel did not ask me if he could talk to Herb about it. [I would probably have said don't bother the man.] He just did it. For that I am eternally grateful.

He has produced a great snapshot of Herb in this essay.

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