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.
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Mesorat HaRav Chumash
Dr. Arnold Lustiger
Thinking Aloud on the Parsha: Sefer Bamidbar
Rabbi David Holzer
50 concise lectures on Sefer Bamidbar. Verbatim transcripts of the Rav in conversation.
Soloveitchik on the High Holidays (September 3, 10, 17)
Mrs. Atara Twersky, the Rav's Daughter
YU 20th Yarzheit
Collected by Dr. Arnold Lustiger
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Sources for foregoing quotations:
(1) Partial transcript of an address to the RCA Convention, 1975, on the topic of religious conversion. This is a preamble to the class. Transcribed by Eitan Fiorino in mail-jewish.org, from mp3 Rav - Gerus & Mesorah (1) .mp3 )
(2) Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, "Sacred and Profane", Gesher, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 7 in Besdin, A, Reflections of the Rav, p. 224)
(3) Worship of the Heart: Essays on Jewish Prayer EDITED BY SHALOM CARMY, p. 66 in Prayer and the Beauty of God: Rav Soloveitchik on Prayer and Aesthetics (JOSHUA AMARU, The Torah u-Madda Journal (13/2005)
(4)Joseph B. Soloveitchik, “A Tribute to the Rebbetzen of Talne,” Tradition 17:2, Spring 1978, p. 7
(5) Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Mesorat HaRav Siddur, p. 112-3
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