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S
t e in b a c h
— S
olom on
G
rayzel
E N V O I
On his retirement from the Jewish Publication Society in
1966, Dr. Grayzel was invited to become Professor of History
at the Dropsie University. We who have been privileged to be
associated with this fine gentleman—urbane, venerable, affable,
courteous, genuine—know he will bring his students not merely
instruction, but also a radiance that glows out of his tender
spirit. He has so much to give—not alone in the realm of knowl־
edge, but more importantly in the human sphere where a
teacher inspires his students to extract the essence from source
materials with the same industry and purposefulness that a
bee gathers honey from flowers.
There is a quiet repose and steadiness in advancing age, if
the life has been well used. As the evening twilight proceeds,
the sky is filled with stars. So it has been with Solomon Gray•
zel. He has made, and continues to make, good use of the spirit*
ual and intellectual endowments with which the Almighty has
gifted him. We pray that, with his beloved Sophie at his side,
time will lay his hand on Sol’s heart gently, as a violinist
touches his fingers to the tender strings of his instrument and is
rewarded with the exaltation of music.
We wish Sol continued constructive and unabated produc-
tivity
ad me1ah v ’esrim.
His next great milestone beckons five
years hence when he will be eighty, categorized by Rabbi
Yehuda ben Taimon as
ben shemonim I’gevurah,
“vigor at
eighty.” May this benedictive attribute of
gevurah
be vouch-
safed unto him.