My instructor in Jewish religious and Zionist thought and philosophy during my year in Israel 1966-1967 at the Machon L'Madrichei Chutz La'Aretz, Michael Rosenak, has passed away at the age of 81.
He was brilliant, challenging and a friend to us upcoming leaders of youth movements.
Professor Rosenak was on the founding team who established the
Mandel Jerusalem Fellows in 1981 and was a central driving force in the formation
of the unique educational ethos of the Fellows Program.
He was a member of HaShomer HaDati and made Aliyah in 1958.
His six points that "lay foundations for a comprehensive religious Jewish education" are knesset Yisrael (the community of Israel), adam (existence), bnai Noach (humanity), hod (problem-solving), chochmat lev and hiddur (beauty), and da'at (understanding).
On the Machon program, his introspections into Franz Rosensweig were riveting.
And I thank him for tolerating my Betar outlook.