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Sidney Greenberg (September 27, 1917-March 31, 2003) was an American rabbi and author.
A native New Yorker, he spent more than 50 years as Rabbi of Temple Sinai, now in Dresher, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University, and his rabbinical ordination, and later, a Doctor of Hebrew Literature degree, from Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York. He wrote numerous books on Judaism, and wrote several prayer books.
An excerpt from the chapter on Passover, from his book Torah Guidelines For Living Like A Mensch (Growth Associates Publishers, 2002):
"Here is where the Divine Playright enters. God is the true Hero of the Exodus. For it is God who enables a stammering, tongue-tied Moses to be the vehicle for the greatest words ever uttered by a human being. It is God who takes an inflated tyrant and cuts him down to size. It is God who converts an oppressed, downtrodden horde of slaves into 'a kingdom of priests and a holy people.'
Every year at Pesah time the descendants of those ex-slaves retell and reenact this ancient drama, making it the longest running play in history."
Rabbi Sidney Greenberg was one of Conservative Judaism’s most respected writers on Jewish prayer, holidays and spirituality.
A native New Yorker, Greenberg served as rabbi of Temple Sinai, now in the Philadelphia suburb of Dresher, for more than 50 years. Following his retirement in 1996, he moved to Manhattan, while continuing to serve as the congregation’s rabbi emeritus.
In addition to his 20-plus books on various Jewish topics, Greenberg was well known for his sermons.
He wrote regularly about religion for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a moving article published in the newspaper following the 1998 death of his daughter, Shira Ruskay, Greenberg wrote: “I am grateful beyond words that she loved her life so deeply.”
Greenberg served as an army chaplain during World War II. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University, before receiving his ordination from the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary.
At the moment of his death, Greenberg was survived by his wife of 60 years, Hilda Weiss Greenberg; daughters Reena Keren and Adena Greenberg; a brother; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.