Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A Chief Rabbi's final instructions for his family

A few years ago I posted some excerpts from the Ethical Last Will and Testament of British Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler, and I also summarized parts of it (link).

Fortunately, I found that the complete text was printed in the January 9, 1891 issue of the Jewish Standard. Full of beautiful sentiments, it is well worth reading. Here it is (click to enlarge):


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