While being interviewed for an oral history project for the University of California at Berkeley’s Bancroft Library in 1992, Bay Area philanthropist Richard Goldman made several derogatory remarks about Rabbi Pinchas Lipner.

But Lipner, founder and dean of the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco, didn’t find out about the remarks until nine years later, when a woman doing research for a book on him discovered the comments in a bound volume. An enraged Lipner sued Goldman for defamation.

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