Study the Torah with Rabbi Soloveitchik in New OU Press Book

29 Nov 2010


For the first time, the insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (“the Rav”) on all five books of the Torah are available. Rabbi Avishai David, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem, brings the Rav’s teachings to you in his new book Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parashah, published by OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications and Urim Publications. This year, instead of letting the Torah readings pass you by each week, engage them and delve into them accompanied by the Rav.

For decades, the Rav lectured on the weekly Torah reading in the Moriah synagogue in Manhattan and on Saturday nights in Boston. His legendary discourses were mesmerizing, combining soaring language with penetrating insights. Both the narratives and the commandments of the Torah gained new meaning in the Rav’s able hands. Human psychology, religious philosophy, ethical ideals and halachic concepts emerge from the text of the Torah. Rabbi Avishai David, a longtime attendee of the Rav’s lectures and a noted scholar in his own right, has adapted these insights for the contemporary reader.

Rabbi David’s writing is exceedingly careful. He is faithful to the Rav’s precise terminology yet sensitive to the needs of the wider reading public. Recognizing that the Rav’s complex language is often difficult for the average reader, Rabbi David has written a collection of essays that is accessible while still accurately transmitting the Rav’s thoughts. Through the Rav’s explanations and Rabbi David’s retelling, readers are taken through an enthralling lesson in a vibrant and engaging intellectual Judaism.

This book is the latest offering from OU Press, the publishing house of the Orthodox Union that recently published Unlocking the Torah Text on Vayikra by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin; The Mind of the Mourner by Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky; and Hilchot Tefilla: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer by Rabbi David Brofsky. Important future books include the Koren Mesorat HaRav Siddur, a new prayerbook with a profound commentary based on the teachings of Rabbi Soloveitchik, accompanied by the eloquent translation of the prayers by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and the popular Koren layout.

Copies of Darosh Darash Yosef, which cost $29.95 each, are available at a discount through Those who wish to place a bulk order (at a bulk-rate discounted price) can contact OU Press at

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