Friday, February 3, 2017

New Book: Rav and rebbe

"6 x 9; Hardcover Color Cover; 400 pgs; 550 endnotes; 50 pics & docs; New Interviews; Addendums; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; natural paper; made in the USA The two great Jewish sages of the past century, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik - The Rav - YU and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson - The Rebbe - Chabad grew up in Russia. They both studied at the University of Berlin and each became a leading figure in post-Holocaust Judaism in America. Read now, for the first time ever, about their unique relationship and respect for each other. Understand that although the Rav was a father-figure for Lithuanian Judaism and the Rebbe, the world's greatest Chasidic master, nevertheless their message was universal." To purchase email 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What do we mean by תלמוד תורה כנגד כולם?

DH: What do we mean by תלמוד תורה כנגד כולם?

Rabbi Soloveitchik: It is not that this mitzvah is equal to all the mitzvos, but rather that it brings the person to do all the other mitzvos. The whole purpose of the limud is that it comes to asiah and asiah is the ikur.

The Rav Thinking Aloud, p. 69

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Chabad Lubavitch campaign

"In a speech in 1942 Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, praised the efforts of the Chabad Lubavitch campaign to raise awareness to the coming of the Masiach. Rav Soloveitchik said, 'The Lubavitcher Rebbe speaks and publicizes about the Mashiach and a tumult has erupted, an uproar and an outcry. What is wrong, I ask? That people who are heretics decry him; I understand. That those who violate the Shabbat decry him; I understand. But that those who study the Talumud and Chassidus decry him; this is inconceivable...Are we not allowed to talk about the belief in the Mashiach anymore?'"

Yosef Dov Soloveitchick. Oiystzug Fun Der Rede 1943


Monday, October 31, 2016

A Moral Issue

"The aftermath of Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and the attack on the Palestinian refugee camps by Lebanese Christians, left a moral stain on Israel. In the Knesset there was a demand for a thorough inquiry into the massacres and a clarification if Israel was in any way responsible. The left wing political parties were in favor of the inquiry. The right wing parties were opposed to it. Mizrachi joined them in opposing any inquiry. Rav Soloveitchik was informed of the position taken by Mizrachi. A vote was scheduled for a Sunday. The Rav called Rabbi Friedman at the Jewish Agency and instructed him to call Israel in his name and to demand that Mizrachi vote for the resolution. The Rav said that it is not a political issue but a moral one and Mizrachi had to act morally. So insistent was the Rav that he told Rabbi Friedman to call Israel on Shabbat to convey his message! The call was an halachic order by the Rav to Rabbi Friedman. The call was made on Shabbat. Mizrachi voted for the inquiry."

Orthodoxy Awakens, The Belkin Era and Yeshiva University, Victor Geller, p. 258

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, or the Rav (translation: The Rabbi), as he is generally called by his students, was one of the greatest Jewish leaders and Torah scholars of the 20th century. He possessed many qualities of special relevance to people of our era, including the following:  

• He spent enormous energy attempting to show the meaning and relevance of Torah to a 20th century Western audience.

 He was a master of Talmud, Halacha, Bible, and Jewish philosophy. In addition, the Rav had a broad secular education, having earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Berlin.

 He was a highly eloquent pedagogue, a riveting speaker, and a brilliant writer.  Not every genius is a great communicator. The Rav could communicate myriad aspects of Torah from intricate Talmudic logic to subtle philosophical ideas. Moreover, he was fluent in English.

 The Rav loved his audience and relished the act of teaching.

This website is a collection of resources for study of the Rav’s life and teachings. You can find here books (over 70 of them), articles, sound recordings (hundreds of them), videos, photos, and links to works by the Rav, his students, and scholars of his work. The material is challenging and you may need a dictionary to get through some of it. But it is well worth the effort.

If you have material related to Rabbi Soloveitchik that you would like to disseminate please contact me. This can include notes, recordings, or your own completed writings or works in progress.

Click here to listen to The Rav's famous description of how he experienced the Mesorah (Jewish Torah tradition) through the act of teaching (

Video of the Rav Giving a Public Talk

Rav Soloveitchik Teshuvah Drasha 1975

New Publications/Media

Chumash Mesoras HaRav—Sefer Bereishis
Mesorat HaRav Chumash
Dr. Arnold Lustiger


The Two Adams by Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Judaism: Rav Soloveitchik and social issues series: Who gets the kingship by Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen



ADDENDUM TO KOREN MESORAT HARAV SIDDUR, Collected by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, Posted with permission

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