Akedat Yitzchak

The Right Way to Look at Nature

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzchak, Beginning the First Sha’ar: Nature Points to Hashem Akedat Yitzchak pays noticeably more attention to Sefer Bereshit than the other four books of the Torah; thirty-three of its 105 she’arimdiscuss Bereshit). Within Bereshit, he spends eleven of the thirty-three on just the first parsha (at the end of which he wrote a short conclusion, telling us he was aware of how much time he ...

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Eyes on the Prize

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzchack, Mevo Ha-She’arim: Eyes on the Prize Last time, we saw Akedat Yitzchak’s first introduction. This time, we will see his mevo ha-she’arim, the entryway to the gates. It’s introductory in that he has not yet started Bereshit, but I believe he thought was already part of the work itself. He starts from a claim people today might casually ...

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Akedat Yitzchak: First Steps

by R. Gidon Rothstein Relatively early in my struggles to complete a PhD dissertation, some well-meaning people told me the problem was my writing. Fearful of being accused of rejecting advice/criticism, I went back to YU, where Dean Norman Adler, a”h, graciously allowed me to take a writing course in the college, with the great Prof. Will Lee. He taught me ...

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