Reform Judaism mourns death of noted scholar

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
February 10, 2012 23:55

 
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Reform Judaism on Friday mourned the death of Rabbi Gunther Plaut, the author of commentaries on the Torah and haftarah which became standards in the religious movement. The rabbi passed away Wednesday at the age of 99. He will be laid to rest on Sunday.

"Rabbi Plaut was an incredible teacher and rabbi far beyond the flocks he led at his congregations," said Union for Reform Judaism president-elect Rabbi Rick Jacobs. "Millions of Jews have come to learn our sacred stories under his guiding hands. His legacy will continue on for generations of Jews around the world."

Plaut's best known work is The Torah: A Modern Commentary, which was first printed in 1981 and is now in its 13th edition. The book has sold nearly 120,000 copies to date and is used in most Reform Jewish congregations in North America.

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