Passing of Mr. Aron Lutwak

H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Aron Lutwak (1934-2020), the longtime proprietor of Ideal Bookstore near Columbia University.  Generations of Columbia University students knew Mr. Lutwak and benefited from his wide-ranging knowledge of books and Judaica.   Dr. Philip Miller, emeritus librarian at the Klau Library, HUC, NY, has sent us the following notice:

Re: Passing of Rabbi Dr. Hermann Schmelzer

Yes, you are right, Schreiner was "only" 63 when he died. However, due to a terrible mental illness, he was hospitalized in 1902 at the age of 39 for the rest of his life, withdrawn from the world and unable to teach or publish. Given his talents and knowledge, this was a terrible loss to the world of scholarship as well as a tragedy for him and his family. When Rabbi Schmelzer talked to me about Schreiner, he spoke with heavy emotion, as if this had just happened or, perhaps, because these were scholars who were still alive in his own mind and life. I admire that about him.

Passing of Prof. Sharon Gillerman

H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death, following several months of hospitalization battling illness,  of Prof Sharon Gillerman (1960 - 2020), holder of the Kutz Chair in Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

The HUC-JIR website provides the following summary of her career:

Re: Passing of Rabbi Dr. Hermann Schmelzer

Just an aside. If the Martin Schreiner mentioned in this was the Hungarian Rabbi who was a professor at the Berlin liberal rabbinical seminary and scholar of Medieval Islamic and Jewish thought, I see that he was born in 1863 and died in 1926 which would make him 63.
So which Schreiner "died tragically at a young age?

Passing of Prof. Shalom M. Paul

H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Shalom M. Paul (1936-2020), Yehezkel Kaufmann Professor Emeritus of Bible Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Born in Philadelphia,  Prof. Paul was one of the early students of Nahum Sarna, then still at Gratz College.  He also studied with William F. Albright, H.L. Ginsberg, and E.M. Speiser.    He made aliyah in 1971.

Passing of Prof. Jacob M. Landau

H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jacob M. Landau (1924-2020), winner of the Israel Prize, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University, and one of the world's foremost scholars of Middle East Studies.  Born in Kishinev, Landau moved to Tel Aviv in 1935.  He wrote his Ph.D. with Bernard Lewis at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and also studied with H.A. R.

Passing of Prof. David Shneer

H-Judaic is shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing -- of brain cancer at age 48 -- of Prof. David Shneer, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The following biography of Prof. Shneer appears on his website (  

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