Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was a towering figure of twentieth-century Orthodoxy; his mastery of Halacha and all other areas of Jewish thought was dazzling and singular. In describing Rabbi Soloveitchik one is reminded of the words of Maimonides concerning the Ri Migash, "his intellect was frightening." Rabbi Soloveitchiks dominion over the agendas of Orthodox and general philosophic thought make his work indispensible for generations to come. Scion of the Beit Harav, the most illustrious rabbinic family pre-war Europe, he was also the acknowledged leader of modern Orthodoxy as well as religious Zionism. Rabbi Soloveitchik's unique position in the Jewish community is best epitomized by the fact that he was usually referred to as "the Rav," the rabbi's rabbi. A traditional Rosh Yeshiva, he headed the rabbinic program at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He also held a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Berlin, bridging the classic world of Torah and the world of contemporary thought. In this memorial volume, some of the Rav's closest disciples express their appreciation of his teachings and asses the impact he had on them and their contemporaries. Among them are his sons-in-law, Rabbi Dr. Yitzhak Twersky; and, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein; the Rav's grandsons, Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein and Rabbi Mayer Twersky; and close disciples Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Rabbi Dr. Gerald Bildstein, Rabbi Dr. Stanley Boylan, Rabbi Dr. Marvin Fox, Rabbi Dr. Emanuel Feldman, Rabbi Menachem D. Genack, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosenzweig, and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff.
by Menachem D. Genack
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