Re: Help Needed Digesting 16th Century Rabbinical Text #rabbinic #translation

Shlomo Katz

It is indeed a eulogy for R' Zalman Katz of Mantua. It is not surprising to me that it does not contain biographical information, as the original purpose of a eulogy was to commemorate the good deeds of the deceased in a way that inspires others--not like eulogies today that sound like dinner testimonials.

An interesting side note: The caption says that the eulogy was delivered in the courtyard of the synagogue, because the synagogue was locked down due to a plague. Sounds eerily familiar.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

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