Passing of Prof. Stanley Nash

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H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Stanley Nash (1939-2022), emeritus professor of Hebrew Literature and Language at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (NY).  Prof. Nash was best known for his book,  In Search of Hebraism: Shai Hurwitz and His Polemics in the Hebrew Press and his translation of  Y.L. Gordon’s epic lament about the plight of Jewish women, “Qotso shel Yud.”

The family has posted the following:

Stanley L. Nash of Bloomington, IN, formerly of Fanwood, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 28th at the age of 82.

Stanley was born in 1939 in Brooklyn, NY to Morris and Evelyn Nachimoff and raised in Boro Park, NY. His parents, Polish immigrants, soon changed the family surname to Nash. He attended Eitz Chaim Yeshiva and earned a scholarship to Yeshiva of Flatbush for high school. He went on to enroll at Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1967, and received rabbinical ordination from Manhattan’s Jewish Theological Seminary the same year. He later completed his Ph.D from the department of Mid-East Languages and Cultures at Columbia in 1972.

Stanley held faculty positions at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania prior to starting at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1978. There, he served as Professor of Hebrew Literature and Language until his retirement in 2012. For several years in the 1980’s and 90’s, he worked as a cantorial soloist at Temple Beth El of Plainfield, NJ, and served for 15 years as the High Holiday cantor at Temple Beth El of Newark, DE.

He is survived by a son, Ethan Nash (wife, Danica) of Wethersfield, Connecticut, a daughter, Rebecca Cohen (husband, Judah) of Bloomington, Indiana, a sister, Michelle Cohen (husband, David) of Port Washington, NY, as well as a granddaughter, Rena Cohen, and 3 grandsons, Ari Nash, Elliot Nash and Gabriel Cohen. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Edna, and his brother Arthur Bachner.

HUC-JIR has posted an obituary at:

We extend deepest condolences to Prof. Nash's family, colleagues, students and friends.

Jonathan D. Sarna

Chair, H-Judaic

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