Scholarly Man of Faith

Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Edited by Ephraim Kanarfogel, Dov Schwartz

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 198

ISBN: 978-965-524-281-2


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This volume addresses a series of fascinating yet less-explored aspects of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's teachings and thinking. The essays included delve into the Rav's approach toward understanding biblical figures in a comparative light, his views on emotion and intellect and their interrelationship, his appreciation of Yehudah ha-Levi as a seminal Jewish thinker, his unusual understanding of the history of medieval rabbinic literature and the implications for modernity, and his attitude and approach toward scientific method. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliographic survey of contemporary scholarship on Rav Soloveitchik's writings and thought. Long-time students and listeners, and an ever-increasing cadre of newer devotees, will not fail to be deeply impressed and inspired by the range, profundity, and humanity of the Rav's work

  • Introduction
  • Shalom Carmy, "In Many Respects God was Closer to Abraham than He was to Moses," Themes in Emergence of Ethical Man
  • Shira Weiss, Biblical Hermeneutics in the Thought of R. Soloveitchik: A Preliminary Appraisal of the Influence of R. Yehudah Halevi
  • Alex Sztuden, The Identity of Love and Cognition in the Thought of R. Joseph Soloveitchik
  • Ephraim Kanarfogel, The History of the Tosafists and their Literary Corpus according to Rav Soloveitchik's Interpretrations of the Qinot for Tishah B'Av
  • Daniel Rynhold, Science of Hermeneutics? Rav Soloveitchik's Scientific Method Revisited
  • David Shatz, Contemporary Scholarship on Rabbi Soloveitchik's Thought: Where We Are, Where We Can Go
  • Contributors
About the Editors: 
Ephraim Kanarfogel is the E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature, and Law at Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He is a winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship and the Goldstein-Goren International Book Prize in Jewish Thought, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Jewish History.

Dov Schwartz is Professor of Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, where he heads the Warhaftig Research Institute for Religious Zionism. He is a winner of the EMET Prize in the Humanities, and serves as editor of Da'at, a leading journal of Jewish thought, and the bibliographic journal Alei Sefer.

Shalom Carmy, "In Many Respects God was Closer to Abraham than He was to Moses," Themes in Emergence of Ethical Man