Rav Soloveitchik on the Miracle of Israel

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In honor of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik spoke at the Moriah shul in Manhattan. Among his comments, he argues against an anti-Zionist position. Initially I had suspected that he was referring to Va-Yoe’l Moshe by Rav Yoel Teitelbaum but that could not have been the case because the book would not be published until 1961. The lecture is in Yiddish with English subtitles.

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Moriah Synagogue, New York.
0:00 – 6:45 Israel: a miracle that did not come easy
6:45- 13:53 Answering the religious arguments against the State of Israel

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, 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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also 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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