One of the primary builders of Torah study in America is often forgotten for political reasons. R. Dr. Bernard Revel, a brilliant talmid chakham and academic scholar, tirelessly built a new kind of yeshiva that preserves the traditional beis medrash experience while still teaching a broad array of Torah subjects as well as a full liberal studies curriculum. Countless thousands of laymen and scholars have benefited from his vision. Yet his work is often overlooked because of his positive attitude to college education. Looking back from today’s vantage point, he arguably saved Yiddishkeit in America yet is almost forgotten.
R. Aharon Rakeffet, a regular contributor to this website, will be celebrating the republication of his biography of Rav Revel by OU Press with a lecture at Yeshiva University next Sunday, May 4 at 9:30am. The biography is a model of how to properly describe a Torah scholar’s life — accurately, showing a unique personality and attitude, reverential but honest.
I plan on attending and encourage all readers to join me in marking this occasion and showing respect and gratitude to Rav Rakeffet, Rav Revel and Yeshiva University.
2540 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10033
Sunday, May 4, 9:30am
For reservations, e-mail [email protected]
Parking available in the YU lot (E) on Amsterdam Ave. at 183rd St.