Rabbi in the New World
The Influence of R. J. Soloveitchik on Culture, Education and Jewish Thought
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| Avinoam Rosenak & Naftali Rothenberg|
Publisher: Magnes Press
Rabbi J.B Soloveitchik (1903-1993) was thepreeminent leader of Modern Orthodoxy in the United States for nearly 50 years.His prominence in American Orthodox life was based upon his expertise in Torahand Western intellectual culture, his extraordinary pedagogical and rhetoricalskills and his halakhic authority. As the head of the World Mizrachi, he alsoplayed an influential role on religious Zionism in Israel.
Rabbi in the New World: The Influence ofRabbi J.B.Soloveitchik on Culture, Education and Jewish Thought, explores the extent of Rabbi JosephSoloveitchiks leadership in shaping the Orthodox communities in the UnitedStates and analyzes the characteristics and multiple domains of his influence.The book examines the question of whether Rabbi Soloveitchiks leadership isbest understood as limited to American Orthodoxy or whether his influenceexceeded those boundaries. The essays in the book probe which of his studentsmost closely reflect his religious philosophy, whether his vision was sufficientlyflexible to meet the challenges of the present and the future, and whetherRabbi Soloveitchik was open to inter-religious dialogue. The book containstwenty-six articles by scholars in history, sociology, education, theology andphilosophy, all of whom evaluate Rabbi Soloveitchiks works and the era inwhich he was active.