Majesty & Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik was not only one of the outstanding Talmudists and religious leaders of the 20th century, but also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. This comprehensive study of Rabbi Soloveitchik's religious philosophy offers a broad perspective and balanced understanding of his work. By interpreting and analyzing both individual essays and overarching themes in an accessible and engaging manner, it uncovers the depth, majesty, and fascination of ...

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Overview

Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik was not only one of the outstanding Talmudists and religious leaders of the 20th century, but also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. This comprehensive study of Rabbi Soloveitchik's religious philosophy offers a broad perspective and balanced understanding of his work. By interpreting and analyzing both individual essays and overarching themes in an accessible and engaging manner, it uncovers the depth, majesty, and fascination of his thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789655240764
  • Publisher: Yad Vashem Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Rabbi Soloveitchik Library
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,296,764
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Reuven Ziegler is the director of research and archives for the Toras HoRav Foundation, which seeks to disseminate the works of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash.

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Table of Contents

Preface Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein 9

Foreword Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter 11

Dedication 14

Introduction 17

I Entering the Rav's World

1 Introduction to Rav Soloveitchik's Life and Thought 23

2 "The Community": Individual and Society 39

3 "Majesty and Humility": The Centrality of Dialectic 51

II Thought, Feeling and Action

4 "Catharsis" (1): Halakhic Heroism 67

5 "Catharsis" (2): Elevating Physical Existence 72

6 "Catharsis" (3): Purifying the Emotions 79

7 "Catharsis" (4): Intellectual and Religious Humility 88

8 The Experiential Dimension of Judaism 96

9 Torah Study: Intellect and Experience 104

10 Mitzvot: The Need for Action 111

III Religion in the Modern World: The Lonely Man of Faith

11 Presenting the Problem 121

12 Defining the Two Adams 130

13 Two Types of Community 138

14 A Perpetual Dialectic 147

15 The Subversion of Religion 158

16 The Autonomy of Faith 167

17 Intellectual and Existential Challenges to Faith 174

18 Practical Consequences of the Autonomy of Faith 184

IV Doctrine of Man

19 Family Relationships and Religious Life 203

20 Prayer (1): Prayer as Encounter and as Self-Acquisition 213

21 Prayer (2): Self-Sacrifice and the Audacity of Prayer 224

22 Repentance (1): Return to the Self or Self-Creation? 234

23 Repentance (2): Responding to Distress and Evil 249

24 Suffering: Halakhah and the Human Condition 259

V Jewish History and Destiny: Kol Dodi Dofek

25 From the Holocaust to the State of Israel 275

26 Fate, Destiny and Jewish Identity 283

27 The Significance of the State of Israel 290

VI Halakhah and the Religious Quest

28 The Dialectic of Halakhic Man 301

29 Halakhic Man's Values and Character 313

30 The Goals of Halakhic Man 323

31 Subjectivity and Objectivity in Halakhah 334

32 U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham (1): The Natural Search for God 344

33 U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham (2): The Dialectic of Reason and Revelation 354

34 U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham (3): Cleaving to God 365

35 U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham (4): Devekut via Halakhah 375

VII Summation

36 Review 393

37 Major Themes and Concluding Reflections 401

Acknowledgements 414

Events in the Life of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik 417

Bibliography 418

General Index 420

Index of Rabbi Soloveitchik,'s Writings 429

About the Author 432

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