Discourses on the Return to Zion and Jewish Destiny

By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Edited by David E. Fishman

Format: HC

ISBN: 978-1602804524


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Yiddish was for many years the primary medium in which Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik gave his shiurim and discourses. ­is volume consists of discourses and addresses that Rav Soloveitchik delivered in Yiddish at conferences of Mizrachi – Hapoel Hamizrachi Religious Zionists of America, between the 1940s and 1960s. Included are ten discourses that have been transcribed from the Rav’s handwritten manuscript, and which are published in their original language for the first time, under the editorial supervision of David E. Fishman. Of particular interest are the addresses from the fateful years between the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. ­e volume also includes a reprint of the original Yiddish version of Rav Soloveitchik’s “Five Addresses”, which have become canonical texts of religious Zionism. As Julius Berman writes in his preface, “when we open up this volume […] those who know Yiddish will come as close as is humanly possible to capture the experience of sitting in his presence and listening to his brilliant expositions of halakha and aggadahdrush and machshava.