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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.

Getting Married the Night of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz

July 18, 2011, by

Fast days, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, begin in the morning. Does that mean we can enjoy ourselves the night before? In particular, the Three Weeks, with the custom in memory of the destruction of the Temple of refraining from having parties, begin on Shiva Asar B’Tammuz. If the fast of […]

Joy During the Nine Days

June 22, 2010, by

The Mishnah (Ta’anit 25b) says that once the month of Av begins, during the Nine Days, we have to reduce our joy. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:2) rules according to the Rishonim who interpret this rule as meaning that we may not engage in business, build items that bring us pleasure or make preparations […]

Showering During the Nine Days

June 17, 2010, by

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:16) records a custom practiced by Ashkenazim of not bathing or showering during the Nine Days, from Rosh Chodesh of the month of Av until the end of the Tisha B’Av mourning. Rav Moshe Soloveichik explained the custom as follows: When someone’s relative dies, there are three periods of mourning […]

Getting Married on Shivah Asar BeTammuz

June 9, 2010, by

Fast days, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, begin in the morning. Does that mean we can enjoy ourselves the night before? In particular, the Three Weeks, with the custom in memory of the destruction of the Temple of refraining from having parties, begin on Shivah Asar B’Tammuz. If the fast of […]