17 10, 2018

Difficulties with the Akedah story explained

By |2018-10-17T04:01:41-07:00October 17th, 2018|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

    The thrust of Soren Kierkegaard’s 1843 influential book “Fear and Trembling” is long reflections on Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac, a story told in Genesis 22.[1] Kierkegaard concludes from his analysis that Abraham represents the prototype of faith, for he showed faith when he was willing to obey God’s command to [...]

25 02, 2018

Rabbi Soloveitchik’s view of Esther

By |2018-02-25T07:13:31-07:00February 25th, 2018|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

Megillat Esther Mesorat Harav By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik   Many books have been published which are commentaries on various subjects, including the Bible, Siddur, and Haggadah, which are based on teachings of Rabbi Soloveitchik. These books were not written by the rabbi. They are collections of his sayings that the authors of the books [...]

13 10, 2013

R, Soloveitchik on Purim and Hanukah

By |2013-10-13T06:53:42-07:00October 13th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                                        Review by Israel Drazin      Days of Deliverance By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2007, 224 pages   About a dozen volumes were published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993) based on writings he did not publish. This one contains five essays on Purim, four on Hanukkah, and one that [...]

23 04, 2013

Soloveitchik’s view of Abraham and Judaism

By |2013-04-23T04:50:14-07:00April 23rd, 2013|Book Reviews|

Abraham’s Journey Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2008, 224 pages ISBN 978-1-60280-004-5   This is the ninth of so-far eleven posthumous writings assembled, edited, and published by The Toras Horav Foundation based on writings collected from various sources by the famed Rabbi Joseph B. [...]

24 03, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik on Passover

By |2013-03-24T06:38:36-07:00March 24th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                       Review by Israel Drazin    Festival of Freedom Essays on Pesah and the Haggadah By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2006, 206 pages   This is the sixth of so-far eleven posthumous writings assembled, edited, and published by The Toras Horav Foundation based on writings the famed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik [...]

20 03, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik on Joseph and Moses

By |2013-03-20T04:37:58-07:00March 20th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                               Review by Israel Drazin    Vision and Leadership Reflections on Joseph and Moses By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2013, 239 pages   This is the latest of the so-far eleven posthumous writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) based on writings he did not publish. This one contains a dozen essays [...]

15 03, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Theology

By |2013-03-15T09:50:24-07:00March 15th, 2013|Book Reviews|

Review by Israel Drazin    And From There You Shall Seek By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2008, 230 pages   This is the tenth volume published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993). Most of these posthumous books are based on writings he did not publish; however this volume is an English [...]

13 01, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik on prayer and life

By |2013-01-13T08:58:12-07:00January 13th, 2013|Book Reviews|

Worship of the Heart By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2003, 197 pages   This is one of about a dozen volumes published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993) based on writings he never published. This one, the second of the posthumous volumes, contains ten essays on prayer. He offers his understanding [...]

18 12, 2012

Soloveitchik on life and women

By |2012-12-18T07:17:13-07:00December 18th, 2012|Book Reviews|

        Family Redeemed By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2000, 207 pages   This is one of about a half dozen volumes published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik death (1903-1993) based on writings he never published. This one, the first of the posthumous volumes, contains six essays that focus on family relationships. [...]

5 07, 2012

A Rational View of Judaism

By |2012-07-05T13:29:01-07:00July 5th, 2012|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

From Defender to Critic The Search for a New Jewish Self By Dr. David Hartman Jewish Life Publishing, 2012, 303 pages Rabbi Dr. David Hartman disagrees with the views of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993), the former Dean of Yeshiva University and spiritual leader of the Rabbinical Council of America, the organization of Orthodox rabbis. [...]

12 09, 2011

Did Rabbi Soloveitchik understand Judaism?

By |2011-10-25T04:56:18-07:00September 12th, 2011|Book Reviews|

Love and Terror in the God Encounter The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik By David Hartman Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001, 219 pages   Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) was and still is the leading rabbinical figure of Modern Orthodox Judaism. He was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University, the senior lecturer on Talmud. [...]