The chief rabbi who played Liszt

Rabbi David Posner, spiritual leader of New York’s Temple Emanu-El for forty years, died yesterday at 71.

Author of a doctoral thesis on ‘Reviving a Lost Art — Piano Music of Russian-Jewish Origin’, Posner kept a grand piano in his office and one congragrant remembers seeing the Liszt sonata open on its rack.

Not many rabbis can play that.

Obit here.


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  • I studied with Rabbi Posner for my conversion in 1979. He always wanted to talk music after we had spoken about Judaism. I could not have had a more welcoming experience than the precious hours spent with him.

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