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Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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HaRav Joseph B. Soloveitchik ztz”l, affectionately known as “the Rav,” was the scion of a legendary rabbinic family, the great-grandson of his namesake, the Beis HaLevi. Rav Soloveitchik was renowned as a Talmudist and philosopher, celebrated for his insightful synthesis of Torah ethos into our post-modern world. As rosh yeshiva of RIETS, the Rav ordained nearly 2,000 rabbis over almost half a century. The Rav passed away in 1993 at the age of 90. Many of the Rav’s works are available from OU Press, http://www.ou.org/oupress. These recordings of the Rav on OU Torah were made available by Rabbi David Etengoff (www.reparashathashavuah.org), Director of Educational Technology at Magen David Yeshivah in Brooklyn, a student of the Rav.

Rav Soloveitchik on Yom Haatzmaut 1968

April 24, 2023, by

Presented by Rav Soloveitchik in Boston on May 4, 1968 To turn on subtitles, click on the gear icon in the bottom right כדי לראות כתוביות בעברית, לחץ על איקון גלגל השיניים 00:00- 01:00 – Yom Haatzmaut in The Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor 01:00 – 03:02 – The State of Israel and the fulfillment […]

Rav Soloveitchik on Pesach: Writing a Story Upon a People

March 24, 2023, by

חג הפסח: כתיבת סיפור על העם Presented in the 1950’s. To turn on subtitles, click on the gear icon in the bottom right כדי לראות כתוביות בעברית, לחץ על איקון גלגל השיניים 0:00- 6:32: The etymology of the word sipur 6:33 – 9:55: The Sefer Yetzirah and the creation of writing 9:56 – 21:15: Closing the generation gap 21:15 – 26:29: The […]

The Hidden Theme of Chanukah – A 1952 Drasha from Rav Soloveitchik

December 16, 2022, by

נגלה ונסתר בחנוכה – שיעור של הגרי”ד סולובייצ’יק זצ”ל  A powerful drasha in which the the Rav deflates the conventional wisdom about the holiday. IN YIDDISH WITH BOTH HEBREW AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES 0:00 – 2:57: The revealed and the hidden worlds 2:57 – 7:04: The conventional understanding of Chanukah 7:06 – 11:14: Why the conventional understanding is wrong 11:17- […]

Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the State of Israel

May 2, 2022, by

Reflections of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Tenth Anniversary of the State of Israel הרהורים לרגל יום העצמאות העשירי של מדינת ישראל SUBTITLES IN BOTH ENGLISH AND HEBREW To turn on subtitles click on CC, and then on gear button to select language. CC עבור כיתוביות, לחצו על ואז על האיקון של הילוכים לבחור את […]