Now Available: Shurin Archive on Rav Soloveitchik

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Hakirah is making available to the public the Rabbi Aaron Ben-Zion Shurin archive on Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, which is comprised of approximately 200 documents. Rabbi Shurin was a long-time reporter for the Forward and as such he maintained files on many Jewish personalities. The Shurin collection was made available to Hakirah by his son David Shurin.

The archive of approximately 200 news articles, press releases and pictures (English, Yiddish and Hebrew) is sorted in chronological date order but can be resorted  by clicking on the up or down arrow in any of its columns. The Shurin collection (Collection = “SHU”) is supplemented by other minor collections as noted.

There are some interesting surprises. For example it appears that the first reference to Rav Soloveitchik as “JB” may have been by Yeshiva University in a press release of 12/31/1958. (“JB” was then a Broadway show.)

The archive is available at by clicking on “Shurin Archive:  Rav Soloveitchik”.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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