Hutner was a founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Pachad Yitzchok in Har Nof
Jerusalem, Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin and Kollel Gur Aryeh which have
produced thousands of disciples. Though
a brilliant Rosh Yeshiva whose lectures on Talmud were dazzling, he expended
greater efforts on his discourses on morals and ethics and on demonstrating
the spiritual power of the Yomim Tovim (Jewish
Holidays) and Yomim Noraim (High
Holy Days). This came from
his recognition that though there were many Roshei Yeshiva capable of
delivering illuminating Talmudic lectures, there were very few who could
provide guidance in the non-halachic
aspects of Torah and Avodah
(worship); who could provide a body of principles that made Judaism
exciting, challenging, and inspiring.
Recognizing the critical importance of creating well-rounded disciples prepared to communicate the power and depth of Judaism he concentrated his efforts in this area. In 1949 he began publishing his discourses on morals and ethics which he subtitled, Divrei Torah Binyanei Hilchot Deot VChovot Halevovot, a phrase formerly used by Rav Kook, who exercised a profound influence upon him.
combined brilliance of intellect with intense passion and once remarked,
I speak poetry and they wish to hear prose.
He was interested in all areas of knowledge and was the antithesis of
provincialism. He said that
contradictions did not bother him and once proudly recalled having had R.
Amram Blau and R. Tzvi Yehudah Kook in his waiting room at the same time.
As a young man he wrote Torat Hanazir on the Rambam Hilchot Nezirut. He wrote a profound commentary (Kovetz Heaarot) on Rabbeinu Hillel on the Safra. His discourses on Yomim Tovim and Shabbat (Pachad Yitzchok) are collected in seven volumes. In addition there is a volume of letters and a Memorial (Sefer Zikkaron) volume which contains a 130 page biography.
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