OU.ORG Introduces... The Rav - The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

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The Orthodox Union is honored to introduce the publication of a monumental two-volume work on the life and teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Z"L.

The Soloveitchik family has been a major influence in the Torah world for over a century. In our time, the foremost representative of this family was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993), who became popularly known as the "Rav."

The first volume offers the details of the lives of the Rav and his forebears, including his travels and the many disciplines he mastered. While remaining faithful to the great traditions of Volozhin and Brisk, the Rav was totally at home in the Western world and forged a harmonious existence between tradition and contemporary culture.

The Rav Teaching a ClassThe insights culled from hundreds of audio recordings, lectures and publications of the Rav, have been arranged according to major topics, among them Lithuanian lore, Hasidism, the Volozhin Yeshiva, the Soloveitchik dynasty and many other Torah giants. These volumes  are profusely illustrated with over 100 historic pictures of the Rav and his endeavors, many never previously published.

The second volume views the Rav's world as he attains far-reaching recognition in the United States. The two momentous Jewish events of the twentieth century, the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel, are scrutinized through the Rav's insight. The impact of the Rav upon American Jewry is viewed through his experiences and reactions to the Boston and New York communities. The oral tradition and the teacher/disciple relationship come to the fore as the bedrock of the Rav's activities. The preeminence of Torah study, his relationship with Yeshiva University and the R.C.A., his vision compared to that of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, complete the portrait of the man and his achievements.

These volumes, published by Ktav Publishing House, are accompanied by detailed bibliographies and scholarly apparatus. The Rav: The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik will become an essential source to the research and understanding of the foremost Torah thinker of the twentieth century.

Special offer: When you order the two-volume "The Rav" print edition, you can order the Orthodox Union Torah Dimensions double audio cassette on the Rav at the same time, all for only $59.99.

This three-hour biographical presentation of the Rav by Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet is the perfect audio companion piece to the seminal print work on the life of an individual who helped fashion twentieth century Judaism.