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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.

The Puzzling Story of the Megillah

February 28, 2014, by

The story of Esther tells us in the most lively, realistic fashion, with a tinge of refined yet biting sarcasm, about paradoxical, absurd events, which are both tragic and comical at the same time. We are told a story of a king who, as our Rabbis have already remarked, killed his beautiful, beloved, young queen […]

Rav Soloveitchik: Yom Kippur Philosophy – Part 2

September 21, 2012, by

Rav Soloveitchik discusses the dual nature of the powerful day of Yom Kippur: trepidation on one hand and joy on the other hand.  Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation with God and a day of kapparah, when we are granted atonement. Delivered in Boston, September 21st, 1974. For part 1 click here.

Rav Soloveitchik : Yom Kippur Philosophy – Part 1

September 21, 2012, by

Rav Soloveitchik discusses the dual nature of the powerful day of Yom Kippur: trepidation on one hand and joy on the other hand.  Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation with God and a day of kapparah, when we are granted atonement. Delivered in Boston, September 21st, 1974. For part 2 click here.