About the Rav

 "I am writing now to send my blessing to the editors of the Jubilee volume that the students of the great consummate Torah ­scholar, our teacher, Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, may he live a long and good life ('HaGaon HaGadol Moreinu HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik Shlita'), arranged in his honor, to mark his 80th birthday. And [I also write] to express my prayer that G-d lengthen the days and years of my great  friend, with a good 'old age, vigorous and fresh they shall be,' and  that he should continue to disseminate Torah publicly and to occupy himself with the needs of the community, for the sake of the honor of G­d and His Torah, and for the splendor ('Tiferes') of our families.  With friendship and esteem. Moshe Feinstein." K'vod HaRav

( In 1983, the Student Organization of Yeshiva University published a volume of Torah works to honor HaGaon RavYosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, Zatzal, on his 80th birthday. It was entitled, K'vod HaRav. The volume contained works by Torah-scholars from within and without Yeshiva.)

 

Film


Documentary Film: Lonely Man of Faith 
A Novice Filmmaker Profiles a ‘Lonely Man of Faith'
Rav Soloveitchik Documentary Airs At Yeshiva University

Books

 

Audio

Torah Dimensions Bio (Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff)

 

Articles

Great Leaders of Our People (Orthodox Union)
Jewish Virtual Library
Re-writing the Biography of Rav Soloveitchik (Manfred R. Lehman)
Encyclopedia.com
Wikipedia
Memorial Service at YU April 1993, Rabbi Norman Lamm, Dr. Haym Soloveitchik, Talner Rav
A Eulogy for the Rav (Rabbi Norman Lamm)
Mail-Jewish on the Rav: The Hespedim
Maran HaRav Zt'l (Chavrusa)
New York Times (by Ari Goldman)

 

Festschrift

Articles by Rabbi Elan Adler
19th Yarzheit
18th Yarzheit

 

YU Commentator Series

A Special Zechut: Serving as the Rav's Shamosh (Rabbi Yosef Adler)
Learning from the Rav (Shmuel Boylan)
Ma'aseh Rav ~ V'dok (Daniel Greer)
Memories of Kindness (Dr. Rivkah Teitz Blau)
My First Year in the Rav's Shiur (Rabbi Menachem Genack)
My Memories of the Rav (Rabbi Abba Bronspigel)
On Translating Ish ha-Halakhah with the Rav (Dr. Lawrence Kaplan)
The Impact of the Rav's Presence on Yeshiva (Rabbi Yosef Blau)
The Lonely Man (William Herskowitz)
The Rav and Rav Ahron (David Luchins)
The Rav and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel (Rabbi Charles Weinberg)
The Rav and the High Holidays (Rabbi Shlomo H. Pick)
The Rav as a Personal Rebbe (Rabbi Kenneth Brander)
The Rav as an Aging Giant (1983-1985) (Rabbi Howard Jachter)
The Rav at Revel - The Rav at RIETS (Rabbi Robert Blau)
The Rav: In and Out of the Classroom (Rabbi Aaron Rakeffett)
The Rav: My Rebbe (Rabbi Hershel Reichman)
Tuesday Evenings with the Rav (Morris Laub)
Yosef Eynenu va'Ani Ana Ani Ba: A Bostonian Memoir (Rabbi Jeffrey R. Woolf)

 

Encounters

Video of Rabbi Sholem B. Kowalsky Discussing a Meeting Between the Rav and the Lubavitcher Rebbe

 

Miscellaneous

Letter from Moshe Soloveitchik zt'l
On the Importance of the Rav, Menachem Genack
My Long Lonely Journey to the Rav, Yisrael Kashkin, Tradition


“Upon the reaching of the age of 80 by the Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, Shlita, I remember his arrival in the United States and his father's joy--my mentor, HaGaon Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, Zatzal--with a wise son that brings joy to his father... Upon his reaching the age of 80, may G-d strengthen him so that he can continue to disseminate Torah and to develop students who understand the Torah” ... Rav Mordechai Gifter, "K'vod HaRav

"The impact the Rav had was so profound. But you know when I think of it, I was always awestruck all the years I was in his shiur [class]. I'm saying from the moment I first saw the Rav, it was never diminished, not even for a moment, even in death. His genius was just so incomparable in every respect, in breadth and depth, and his eloquence. I was always awestruck by his genius, by such a seminal mind. But I loved him for his integrity, for the sanctity of his soul, for his sense of purpose and always, always that sense of mission. And therefore as we remember him today on the Rav zichron lebracha's [may his memory be for a blessing] third yerzheit we should always remember him and know that God sent him with a mission and we survive and generations untold will survive in terms of their commitment to Torah and mitzvos because he was always driven by this mission. This enormously gifted man, of such tremendous purpose and integrity, such extraordinary qualities, a man of such historic dimensions, we are all in his debt and are his beneficiaries." Transcript of comments by R. Menachem Genack on the Rav's third yirtzheit  

"When the Rav was hospitalized in Boston, R. Wurzburger saw a Catholic doctor leaving his room saying "thank you Rabbi, thank you." The Rav told R. Wurzburger that the man was a Catholic who had lost his faith, but in discussions, the Rav had convinced him he would be a better doctor if he returned to his religion". R. Walter Wurzburger, posted by Eitan Fiorino <fiorino@aecom.yu.edu>, Wed, 12 May 93. Vol. 7 #40.

"When the Rav was hospitalized in Boston, R. Wurzburger saw a Catholic doctor leaving his room saying "thank you Rabbi, thank you." The Rav told R. Wurzburger that the man was a Catholic who had lost his faith, but in discussions, the Rav had convinced him he would be a better doctor if he returned to his religion." R. Walter Wurzburger, posted by Eitan Fiorino <fiorino@aecom.yu.edu>, Wed, 12 May 93. Vol. 7 #40.

"Toward the end of his tenure at YU, one of us would sleep in the Rav's apartment. The Rav would always wake up early, but I remember once waking up around three o'clock in the morning and realizing that the Rav was not in his bed. He was sitting in his chair in the living room. I asked him what was wrong. Apparently, that afternoon, some individuals had asked him a halachic question. He told them to return the next day for the answer. The Rav said that he knew what the halachah was but that it would be heartbreaking for them. Therefore, he could not sleep." Rabbi Kenneth Brander, "The Rav as a Personal Rebbe," YU Commentator

"Age nineteen. There were more religious students on campus, and I was introduced to the shiurim (lectures) of Rav Yosef Be’er Soloveitchik, zt”l, yet another revelation! The Rav was a brilliant rabbi, a true master of Talmud with a doctorate in secular philosophy from the University of Berlin! My new weekend schedule became: Shabbos at the Bostoner Rebbe’s followed by Rav Soloveichik’s weekly public shiur." Rabbi David Gottleib, "Coming Home"


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