Israeli Community, Covenant And Commitment

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[Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s collection of letters, published in English in 1995 as Community, Covenant And Commitment, was published 6 years later in Hebrew as Ha-Ish Al Ha-Edah. Rav Shlomo Aviner sees in these letters messages for our times. Many of the challenges Rav Soloveitchik faced have resurfaced today, some explicitly the same. R. Avi Weiss writes about how he is trying to move Modern Orthodoxy away from the direction in which Rav Norman Lamm took it in the late 1970’s and beyond. R. Weiss wants to return to the ideologies of R. Emanuel Rackman and R. Yitz Greenberg, which are very different from the views of Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Lichtenstein and (may he live long) Rav Lamm. Rav Soloveitchik’s letters still resonate today, both in the Diaspora and in Israeli.

Rav Aviner recently published notes on Rav Soloveitchik’s letters contained in Ha-Ish Al Ha-Edah, which are available for reading below and for download here. -Gil] 

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About Shlomo Aviner

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim and the rav of Beit El.

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