Statement on the passing of Dayan Lopian

January 30, 2014
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Following the sad passing of Dayan Gershon Lopian zt”l, the emeritus Rabbi of Edgware Yeshurun, Rabbi Sacks shared the following statement:

Dayan Lopian was a fine, warm, and deeply dedicated spiritual leader of his congregation, much loved as much for his humanity as for his great learning. He knew how to relate to people; his approach to halachah was wise and well-judged; he was an exceptional pastoral Rabbi, and also a beloved friend and mentor to many.

We will miss his wry humour, and his ability to smile in the midst of pain. No one who knew him will ever forget him. I personally have lost a dear, beloved friend.