Book Tour for Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen

Originally Published May 19, 2017 by The Jewish Press

A new book on the life and times of Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, z”l, will be the focus of a book tour beginning this weekend.

The book, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: Between War and Peace (Urim) by Yechiel Frisch and Yedidya HaCohen, tells the story of a unique leader who, among his many other accomplishments, fought in the battle for Jerusalem (1948); became chief rabbi on four levels; was deputy mayor of Jerusalem (encompassing 1967); headed Israel’s delegation to the Vatican; was president of Machon Harry Fischel; and founded Ariel.

With the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem upon us, it should be noted that Rabbi Cohen authored the official prayer for Yom Yerushalayim. The text of the prayer is included in the book, as is a link to its recitation by a chazzan with a symphony orchestra accompaniment (here).

Speaking on the tour will be Rabbi I. Reichel, Esq., a nephew of Rabbi Cohen and the administrator of the Harry and Jane Fischel Foundation who has authored and edited various books, including The Maverick Rabbi, on the Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, father-in-law of Rabbi Cohen. (Reichel edited the English translation of the new Cohen biography and added a chapter.)

The tentative schedule includes a seuda shlishit or pre-Minchah lecture at the Young Israel of Long Beach, May 20; West Side Institutional Synagogue, May 27; Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, June 3; Ramat Orah, June 10; Jewish Center, June 24. [In addition,] Radio icon Zev Brenner has taped an interview.

Books will be available during the week at a reduced rate on an honor system to people who say they attended. The book tour is arranged by the Harry and Jane Fischel Foundation.

Young Israel of Long Beach: May 20
West Side Institutional Synagogue: May 27
Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills: June 3
Ramat Orah: June 10
Jewish Center: June 24

Confirm the above times and dates in advance. To arrange additional presentations at your synagogue or another organization, email

Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: Between War and Peace
Urim Publications, 2017


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