by R. Yitzchak Blau
In this essay. Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein assesses the impact of her father, R.
Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, on twentieth century Jewry. R. Soloveitchik gave confidence to an Orthodoxy struggling in the mid twentieth century. He stood for full participation in society while remaining steadfast in commitment to halakha. Dr. Lichtenstein highlights her father’s emphasis on sacrifice (differing greatly from American pragmatism), creativity, and the singularity of each individual’s religious experience. The closing section discusses R. Soloveitchik’s growing influence in Israel and lessening influence in America.