Rabbi Aaron Isaac Schwartz

Rabbi Aaron Isaac Schwartz

Death 26 Dec 2007 (aged 86)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
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Memorial ID 23906184 View Source
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Rabbi Aaron Schwartz, z'l (HaRav Yitzchak Aharon) Rabbi AaronSchwartz, emeritus rabbi of Amherst Synagogue in Buffalo passed away in Cleveland December 26, 2007 of a heart attack. Born into a distinguished rabbinic family in Hull, England in 1921, he was a graduate of the Hebrew Theological College of Chicago, a scholar of unique breadth. A student of Professor Solomon Zeitlin at Dropsie University in Philadelphia, he was an expert in American Jewish biography and history. An inspiring teacher, he was a distinguished scholar and antiquarian. A talmid chacham, a perpetual student, blessed with a prodigious memory, he was multilingual fluent in diverse classical languages and literature including biblical and modern Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Latin, Greek, French, German, Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and other Slavic languages. A subtle grammarian with excellent diction, he took rhetoric seriously.
Aristotle taught that the true rhetor was "the good man speaking well." Rabbi Schwartz was such a man; even in debate, he was sympathetic to all sides. He strived to be a meilitz yosher, to see good in others and was sensitive to opposing points of view. He cared deeply about people, especially the elderly and the poor, whatever their color, nationality or creed. Descended from 35 generations of rabbis, for many years he served as a rabbi in Philadelphia. In Cleveland Ohio, where his father served as rabbi of the Shomer Shabbos synagogue, he was an active member of the Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society). An expert scribe, he also checked mezuzahs and Tefillin, wrote gittin, and participated in the Beth Din of Cleveland in divorce cases.
Rabbi Schwartz loved Israel, the people, the land. His was a neshama adinah; he was essentially a refined, gentle, and sensitive soul. Modest, he was nevertheless a master genealogist who helped many families research their roots. His broad reading and retentive mind connected many Americans with ancestors long forgotten, he remembered.
Rabbi Aaron Schwartz lived and breathed the spirit of the Jewish people. A scholar's scholar, a singular genius, Buffalo was fortunate to have known this ubiquitous personality. Sometimes, he espoused unpopular causes, but his passion was truth. A fascinating conversationalist, he served as a consultant to the Judaica Institute of America, a Jewish arts education non profit institution. His friends in Buffalo will never forget his gracious smile and endearing wit, his scintillating intellect and warm humanity. Intellectually independent, a man of integrity, he dedicated his life to transcendent purposes. He cared naught for wealth or honor. Rather, he lived simply. He observed the words of the Mishnah (Ethics) literally: "Pas ba-melach tochal, u-mayim b'mesureh tishteh, v'al ha-arets tishan - Bread and salt, eat; measure your water; sleep on the ground." Most of his life, he ate only Spartan, simple meals, but his mind feasted on the life of the spirit, the life he knew was worth living. For his former congregants, friends, students and family, his memory is a blessing.

By Rabbi Ronald Z. Schwartz

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