Dessler, Rav Eliyahu

16 Feb 2014

Rav Eliyahu Dessler was born into a family of Torah Scholars who specialized in the Branch of Jewish Learning known as “Mussar,” Jewish Ethics. But Rabbi Dessler also had the opportunity to meet outstanding “CHABAD” (“CHochmah,” Wisdom, “Binah,” Insight, “Daat,” Knowledge – the code for the philosophy of Lubavitch Chassidut) thinkers. As head of the Gateshead Kollel in England, he became familiar with Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought, particularly with the thought of Rabbi Tzadok HaCohen.

His essays and letters, under the title of “Michtav Me’Eliyahu,” “A Letter from Eliyahu,” have been published in English under the name “Strive for Truth.” His topics include such fundamental issues as free will and faith and how to respond to the Holocaust.