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Dr. Shlomo Sprecher, z"l

This Volume of Hakirah is Dedicated to Shlomo Sprecher, z"l.

Shlomo, a graduate of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath continued his religious studies at Lakewood (BMG) and Merkaz HaRav. At Brooklyn College he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and he earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Shlomo was a remarkable talmid hakham and a sought-after radiologist. With dedication, compassion and humility he served the physical and spiritual needs of the Flatbush community—and beyond.

As an outstanding yerei Shamayim, he advocated for Torah observance that was loyal to Halakhah yet rational and compassionate, especially toward those least able to fend for themselves. He was an outspoken and unabashed champion for the State of Israel, rejoicing in its accomplishments and weeping over its losses.

He was on the editorial board of both Hakirah and Yeshurun, and authored articles that were exhaustively researched, meticulously written, and presented with style, humor, and precision. His most oft-cited article, “Mezizah be-Peh—Therapeutic Touch or Hippocratic Vestige?,” Hakirah 3 (2006), analyzed the Halakhic aspects of mezizah and the medical risks of mezizah be-peh.

Shlomo delivered the Daf Yomi shiur at Kehillas Sasregan and invited world-class Torah scholars to his home, who would address overflowing and eager crowds. We will miss his dialectical personality, his sharp mind, clarity of vision, and loyal friendship. Shlomo is survived by his eishet hayil Mati and their dear children and grandchildren.

Hakirah: The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought is a publication of
Hakirah, Inc. a non-profit private foundation exempt under section 501 (c) (3).


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