Along with many others who value his mesorah, the family of Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer took time out this weekend to commemorate and reflect on the occasion of this great man's 30th yahrzeit.
The morning began with a family gathering at the kever of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Three kapitel tehillim were recited as family solemnly remembered.
Later that afternoon, a larger crowd of close to 200 descendants of Rav Breuer, ranging in age from just a few weeks old to over 90 years old, joined together from all over the world (with a few unfortunately sidelined due to volcanic ash clouds over England) for a siyum on Tanach. There was a general feeling of closeness among the family - even though Rav Breuer's physical presence was absent, his legacy and teachings have kept the family spirit alive and warm.
Speakers from each branch of the family stressed the importance of learning and spreading the words of Rav Hirsch and Rav Breuer. The quintessential Breuer trait of being "Osek B'Tzorchei Tzibbur", both on a grand scale as well as in smaller ways, was discussed and extolled. One speaker marveled at the fact that Rav Breuer, even with the challenges of getting a fledgling kehilla off the ground, still managed to give his congregants over 10 hours of shiurim every week, which included, among other things, four different mesechtas in gemarah.
The evening, with its speeches, vignettes and a touching slideshow, did much to uplift and inform the older as well as the younger generations, many of whom may not even have met their esteemed ancestor.