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him. I would now do no less. As a student at the College-
Institute, I remember how Eugene Borowitz stood out as a rab­
bi. His academic role as professor was always properly subor­
dinated to his vocation as a
moreh derekh.
One could never escape
the passion, commitment, and love he displayed for God and
the Jewish people, for persons and the imperatives of the Cov­
enantal tradition. As Rabbi Borowitz celebrates his seventieth
birthday, and as I and others would express gratitude for all
he has taught and will continue to teach, I invoke the words
our Tradition prescribes upon seeing a person distinguished
in the study of Torah. “Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler
of the universe, Who has given a share of Divine wisdom to
those who revere You.” May the passion and the intellect with
which Rabbi Borowitz has challenged and directed the Jewish
community continue unabated for years to come. May his “di­
alogue with tradition,” the attempt to derive from Jewish law
“the ground of [his] theology,” achieve completion and publi­
cation along with his numerous other projects. May Eugene
Borowitz, and the work of his mind and heart, grace our com­
munity and our world in the years ahead.
’Ad me’ah v ’esrim
until one hundred and twenty!