Dr. Herbert Paper his memory a blessing

Dr. Herbert Paper, z”l

Expert in Persian Jewish texts
A Yiddishist
He sat towards the rear of the shul
Straight-backed
Bow-tied
Quick mind
Quick talker
Great schmoozer
Familiar because he was like
An Uncle.

A herring eater
Big smile
Geshmacht
A delicious presence
This academic avuncular linguist
Lover of language
And Jews —
Heimish.

I never had him for a class —
How’s your family
How many children
How’s your wife —

Tell me about your life.

One of the friendliest teachers
I never had.

Emeser mensch
Olov ha-sholem.

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