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SYLVIA STRAUS HESCHEL, 94 Pianist, wife of theologian

Sylvia Straus Heschel, a pianist and the widow of the prominent theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel died Monday in New York, her daughter said.

Rabbi Heschel taught Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he combined scholarship with a strong moral passion that led him to march with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to oppose the war in Vietnam.

The Heschels' daughter, Susannah Heschel, said her parents met during World War II in Cincinnati, where her mother was studying the piano and her father, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Poland, was teaching at Hebrew Union College.

Mrs. Heschel read her husband's speeches before he gave them and traveled widely with him, their daughter said.

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