Saturday, January 9, 2016

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"… if the State of Israel will become a secular kingdom without Torah, without sanctity, without the Sabbath, without Jewish education, without family purity, a State in which Jewish uniqueness will be erased, then the price we are paying for her in blood and tears is too heavy." (The Rav Speaks, trans. from Yiddish addresses delivered by the Rav at Mizrachi Conventions, 1962-1967, p. 79, in. Insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, pp. 138-9).

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, or the Rav (translation: The Rabbi), as he is generally called by his students, was one of the greatest Jewish leaders and Torah scholars of the 20th century. He possessed many qualities of special relevance to people of our era, including the following:  

• He spent enormous energy attempting to show the meaning and relevance of Torah to a 20th century Western audience.

 He was a master of Talmud, Halacha, Bible, and Jewish philosophy. In addition, the Rav had a broad secular education, having earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Berlin.

 He was a highly eloquent pedagogue, a riveting speaker, and a brilliant writer.  Not every genius is a great communicator. The Rav could communicate myriad aspects of Torah from intricate Talmudic logic to subtle philosophical ideas. Moreover, he was fluent in English.

 The Rav loved his audience and relished the act of teaching.

This website is a collection of resources for study of the Rav’s life and teachings. You can find here books (over 70 of them), articles, sound recordings (hundreds of them), videos, photos, and links to works by the Rav, his students, and scholars of his work. The material is challenging and you may need a dictionary to get through some of it. But it is well worth the effort.

If you have material related to Rabbi Soloveitchik that you would like to disseminate please contact me. This can include notes, recordings, or your own completed writings or works in progress.

Click here to listen to The Rav's famous description of how he experienced the Mesorah (Jewish Torah tradition) through the act of teaching (YUTorah.org)    





New Publications/Media


Chumash Mesoras HaRav—Sefer Bereishis
Mesorat HaRav Chumash
Dr. Arnold Lustiger

 Articles:

The Two Adams by Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Judaism: Rav Soloveitchik and social issues series: Who gets the kingship by Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen

Classes:

Handouts:

ADDENDUM TO KOREN MESORAT HARAV SIDDUR, Collected by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, Posted with permission



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