Matzav.com reports the passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm z”l, president of Yeshiva University. He was 92.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1927, Dr. Lamm received his elementary and high school education at Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaas.
In 1945, he entered Yeshiva College, where he continued his learning and undertook a liberal arts program with a major in chemistry. He graduated summa cum laude in 1949 and was class valedictorian.
Upon graduation, Dr. Lamm pursued advanced scientific studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn while continuing his Judaic studies and rabbinic scholarship. He was ordained as a rabbi by YU’s affiliated Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon in 1951 and earned a PhD in Jewish philosophy from the University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School in 1966.
During the 17 years preceding his election as president of YU, Dr. Lamm served on the Yeshiva University faculty, culminating in his appointment as the Erna and Jakob Michael Professor of Jewish Philosophy in 1966.
Dr. Lamm was appointed as president of YU in August 1976, succeeding Dr. Samuel Belkin and Dr. Bernard Revel. He was the University’s third president and the first native-born American to head the instituition. He served as chancellor of the University and rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon from 2003 until his retirement in June of 2013.
A pulpit rabbi for 25 years, he served as rov of the Jewish Center in Manhattan. Prior to that, he served as assistant rov of New York City’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and then as rov of Congregation Kodimoh in Springfield, MA.
Dr. Lamm penned many writings and discourses on interpretation of Jewish philosophy, hashkafah and halacha, especially in relation to science, law, technology and philosophy in the modern world. He authored 10 books, including The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, which won the 1999 Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought.
Rabbi Lamm edited or co-edited more than 20 volumes, including The Library of Jewish Law and Ethics. He was the founder and first editor of Tradition and associate editor of Hadarom, a journal of Jewish law; founder of the Torah U-Madda Journal; and founder of the Orthodox Forum.
Dr. Lamm’s wife, Mrs. Mindy Lamm a”h, passed away just six weeks ago. Mindella, as she was known, hailed from the Mehler family in Midwood, Brooklyn and worked in the New York public school system while being very involved in the chesed work of the Yeshiva University’s Women’s Organization.
Dr. Lamm is survived by his children, Dr. Chaye Warburg, Dr. Joshua Lamm, and Shalom Lamm. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sara Dratch a”h.
The levayah and kevurah will be held today as private ceremonies for Dr. Lamm’s family.
Yehi zichro boruch.