Author Archives: Basil Herring

On the Untimely Death of the Young

by R. Basil Herring How is the death of the young different from the death of the elderly? ….. R. Yosi b. Chalafta and his students would rise up early to study Torah together under a certain fig tree. When the owner of the tree made a point to harvest its figs before they arrived the next time, they were ...

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In the Morning in the East, In the Evening in the West

In the Morning in the East, In the Evening in the West: On the Destiny of Contemporary Jews and Judaism: Lessons from Jewish History in a Time of Crisis and Transition An early Yahrzeit Lecture by Rav Joseph D. Soloveitchik Edited by Rabbi Basil Herring Editor’s Introduction On Motzaei Shabbos, Parashas be’Ha-alosecha, June 19th 1943, Rav Joseph D. Soloveitchik (hereafter ...

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Yedias ha-Torah and Da’as Torah

Yedias ha-Torah and Da’as Torah: On Choosing between Truth and Harmony in the World of Torah A Yiddish Shiur by Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik on Berachos 16b delivered at Congregation Moriah in 1953 Edited by Rabbi Basil Herring This is a translation and summary of the Rav’s presentation. The original can be found at www.bcbm.org After finishing the Amidah, Rav ...

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Rabbinic Consensus and Dissent

A Shiur by Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik on Berachos 19a delivered at Manhattan’s Moriah Synagogue in the 1950’s Edited by Rabbi Basil Herring Note: This a summary of some of the Rav’s ideas presented in an oral lecture in Yiddish. They are not his words but a summary of his main points. Said R. Yehoshua b. Levi: there are twenty ...

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Should a Torah-Observant Jew Mark the American Thanksgiving Holiday?

Should a Torah-Observant Jew Mark the American Thanksgiving Holiday? An Argument in the Affirmative based on a Shiur by the Rav Hanukkah as a Festival of Hodayah La-Shem (Gratitude to God) Delivered by R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik at Congregation Moriah on December 6, 1966 Edited by Basil Herring In Hilchos Hanukkah 3:1-3, the Rambam provides a lengthy account of the ...

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