The sad news that Rabbi Herbert Weiner passed away recently came to my attention through the fine coverage in New Jersey Jewish News (“A ‘powerful speaker, gracious teacher,’” June 13). Rabbi Weiner was among the original faculty of Seton Hall’s master’s program in Jewish-Christian Studies. He was invited by Msgr. John Oesterreicher to teach the course in Jewish mysticism. He collaborated with us for several years and he contributed an essay “On the Mystery of Eating” to the volume Standing Before God, edited by Rabbi Asher Finkel and me in 1981. It was appropriate that Rabbi Weiner and I met on Mount Gerizim for the Samaritan Passover in 1983.
We will miss Rabbi Weiner’s occasional visits to South Orange. We at Seton Hall offer our condolences to his family. May his soul be taken up into the bonds of eternal life.
Rev. Lawrence E. Frizzell
Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
Seton Hall University