Prof. Ezra Fleischer z"l
Today I found out that on Wednesday Prof. Ezra Fleischer z”l passed away. Fleischer z”l was one of the most important and influential scholars of Hebrew liturgy and religious poetry. He was probably the world’s expert on liturgy found in the Geniza, publishing numerous articles and books, including his seminal work Tefillah uMinhagei Tefillah Eretz-Yisraeli’im beTekufat haGenizah. He was born in Romania and was even imprisoned there for Zionist activities. Besides being a scholar of Jewish liturgy and poetry, Fleischer himself published a number of books of poetry over the years. יהי זכרו ברוך.