The Lonely Man of Faith

The Lonely Man of Faith

by Joseph B. Soloveitchik
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J_Adam_Wesley More than 1 year ago
Soloveitchik put into words the inner struggle of our longing and our distain for holiness that so few people ever admit. Not necessarily teaching what the script of Genesis 1 & 2 essentially say but treating it as more of a wisdom writing it adds a valuable moral to the text and I've grown because of this interesting insight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lonely man of Faith is perhaps the sinlge most important piece of jewish philosophy since the time of Maimonedes (Rambam). Rabbi Soloveitchik attempts to answer the timeless question: how do we reconcile our spiritual callings with our material existences? 'The Rav' shows, through exegesis of the book of Genesis that this question lies at the heart of man's existence and the answer shows us a path to acheiving to the maximum of our worldly potential. The book is based on the philosophies of Keirkegaard and more centrally, Maimonedes. 'Lonely man of Faith' boldly addresses the challenges of modern religiosity and does not offer simplistic answers. Instead, Rabbi Soloveitchik gives insights that are at once universal and personally resonant for all faith seekers. The book is a must have for modern jews of all religious creeds and highly recommended for all those who spend their lives in search of the ultimate truth.
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Allen-Azoulay More than 1 year ago
Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik was born in 1903 in Pruzhany, Belarus and was a descendant of Lithuanian Rabbinical dynasty. He was known at a young age to be a brilliant student and was exceptional within his Jewish studies. He later moved to Berlin, Germany to further his secular studies and received a Ph.D. based on Philosophy from the University of Berlin. The Berlin years were eminent for Rabbi Soloveitchik’s growth and reflected already the dual engagement between Torah study and at the same time a deep understanding and sophisticated commitment with the philosophy of the world around him. Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man's relationship to existence. In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil, which makes the forest possible. Rabbi Soloveitchik was that soil which enriched Judaism and secular literature.  Rabbi Soloveitchik’s mother Pesha Soloveitchik introduced her son into secular reading, and she discussed literature in comparison to his father who wasn’t content with secular study but preferred for him to study only the Bible and other related works. She succeeded in transmitting secular thought with a religious approach. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik spoke vividly and glowingly about how she contributed to his emotional and passionate religious and spiritual life yet with a unique approach. It was not only the intellectual academic arena but also his vibrant, passion and emotional attachment to religious life is what really meant to encounter G-d. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik said, ‘My father disciplined my mind and mother cultivated my heart’ (Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik). These two rare elements were a unique combination that ultimately cultivated his method and was the cornerstone of his exceptional and diverse approach to faith and the modern world.  Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was known be called by many as “The Rav (Rabbi).” He was the Rabbinical authority of Jewish law and an exceptional Talmudist and modern Jewish philosopher. In 1941 he was chosen to be the Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, or Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan, which is the rabbinical seminary of Yeshiva University, located in New York. Rabbi Soloveitchik was known to be that link between traditional Orthodox Judaism and the modern world. In 1965, Rabbi Soloveitchik wrote a fascinating essay entitled ‘The Lonely Man of Faith’ (later published in 1992 to be a book). In his remarkable essay he explores the fundamental loneliness of a person of faith in our egotistical and distinctive society. Rabbi Soloveitchik mentions the renowned story of Adam and Eve and uses it as a catalyst to modern day man/women. His philosophical approach was based on linking Western philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Immanuel Kant with a mixture of the Torah (Bible) in order to bestow direction for the faithful in today’s complex world. He provides guidance for a person who has faith and is fundamentally alone in society. Through his writings he brings comfort to any religious person who believes in a higher power. His essay can find personal emancipation and a sense of tranquility, which can provide closure to being faithful in a distraught world.  Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik impacted the masses both his intellectual and spiritual life through his balance in both Torah and secular wisdom. He was simply an unparallel model to all of us as what the capacity of human wisdom and knowledge might be. Rabbi Joseph B. Solovetichik committed himself to the belief that a vibrant orthodoxy cannot exist with out a real intellectual commitment and with out a real experiential commitment. He came across as a figure that was deeply torn; he writes, “He has a sense of life intention torn between two worlds aware of great complexity.” He was unique and was truly one of a kind therefore by definition that makes Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik ‘alone.’ He stood alone as ‘a man of faith’ of the modern world. His uniqueness made him lonely and he mentions in his writings in The Lonely Man of Faith, “I am lonely because, in my humble, inadequate way I am a man of faith for who to be means to believe.” 
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