Audio Roundup Special: Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Lichtenstein

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by Joel Rich

Remembering Rav Soloveitchik zt”l and Rav Lichtenstein zt”l


For me a personal reminder to work on what I’m going to say when I have to give my final din vcheshbon and am asked why I didn’t make myself an in person talmid when I had the chance (right now all I have is, nolo contendere, I throw myself at the mercy of the beit din shel maaleh)

Rabbi Michael Rosensweig

Both R YBS and R Al were driven by a need to have a full understanding of the issue at hand and get to the truth. The importance of mesora and connection to the chachmei hamesora were fundamental to who they were. Their overlaps and differences made both of them rabbeim muvhakim to many.

Rabbi Neal Turk

Both R YBS and R Al had halalchik intuition as to when a question on a sugya needed to be worked out immediately (at the core of a sugya) vs when it was an issue that could wait. Seeing R Al in the presence of R YBS was instructional in how to be a talmid.

Rabbi Menachem Genack

R YBS and R Lichtenstein (R AL) had similarities and differences. They were both intellectuals who were humble and showed great concern for others. They had great integrity and demonstrated chidush as they confronted modernity.

Rabbi Yaakov B. Neuburger

Insights from R YBS –  chok represents our surrender to HKBH’s eternal will. Sometimes mishpat is infused with chok, yet each of us is infused with a ratzon elyon requiring us to use our intellects in determining our destiny.

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman

R YBS nd R Al both represented emet. R Al was a continual source of guidance.

Rabbi Michael Taubes

R YBS and R Al represent emet, clarity and hard work. R YBS’s insight into sfira represents the twin foci of the tzibbur and the yachid.


About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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