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Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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 Two Dreams of Hanukkah

December 9, 2009, by

The story of Chanukah is typical of all our confrontations in the Galut, the Diaspora. In aristocracy, each family has a coat of arms, an emblem. What was the emblem of Joseph? It was the ketonet passim, of course, the multicolored coat, a coat composed of stripes that his father made for him (Gen. 37:3). […]

The Seder: A Rendezvous with Torah

March 31, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik . Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. Just as a multi-faceted jewel reveals its beauty in a myriad of reflections, so too the Seder expresses a rich array of meaning. For the Rav, […]

The Seder: Birth of the Chesed Community

March 24, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik . Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. The birth of the chesed community – of a nation within which people unite, care for each other, share what they possess—is symbolized by the korban […]

Vayeda Elokim: What Did God Know?

March 19, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. For the Rav, one of the themes that resonates throughout the Haggadah is the eternal spark of holiness in the Jewish soul that is never extinguished even […]