Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash
Special Holiday Shiur
Yeshivat Har Etzion
INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF RAV SOLOVEITCHIK
by Rav Ronnie Ziegler
LECTURE #00: Bibliographical Supplement
I. Jewish Thought
A. Written by Rav Soloveitchik
B. Written by Others
A. Written by Rav Soloveitchik
B. Written by Others
III. On the Web
IV. Secondary Sources
Following family tradition, Rav Soloveitchik published relatively
little in his lifetime. This led some of his students to publish their
own adaptations or summaries of his many shiurim and lectures. Although
in this course we will study only articles written by Rav Soloveitchik
himself, I will provide below a list of some works prepared by others in
his name, in addition to a list of all of his own writings.
The most comprehensive bibliography published to date was
compiled by Dr. Zanvel Klein, and appears (in abridged form) in The Torah
Umadda Journal, vol. 4 (1993), published by Yeshiva University. There is
another bibliography by Mordechai Gafni in Da'at, vol. 31 (1993), published
by Bar Ilan University. On the web, you can find an updated bibliography
by Prof. Eli Turkel at the location:
In addition to the works mentioned below, thousands of tapes
of the Rav are available through various tape libraries, which will hopefully
soon be combined into a centralized library. Furthermore, several volumes
are currently in preparation which will contain essays left by the Rav
in manuscript. These are part of the MeOtzar HoRav Series (the first volume
of which, Family Redeemed, appears below), and readers will be updated
as they are published.
I. JEWISH THOUGHT
A. WRITTEN BY RAV SOLOVEITCHIK
i) Books and Essays in English:
"Confrontation," Tradition 6:2 (Spring 1964), reprinted in A Treasury of
Tradition, NY: Hebrew Publishing Co., 1967.
"The Lonely Man of Faith," Tradition 7:2 (Summer 1965), and republished
as a book - NY: Doubleday, 1992, and Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.
Five articles published in Tradition 17:2 (Spring 1978) - these essays
are very important, but unfortunately they are unavailable elsewhere in
"Majesty and Humility,"
"Redemption, Prayer, Talmud Torah"
"A Tribute to the Rebbetzin of Talne."
"The Synagogue as an Institution and as an Idea," in The Rabbi Joseph Lookstein
Memorial Volume, ed. L. Landman, Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1980.
Halakhic Man, translated from Hebrew by L. Kaplan, Philadelphia: JPS, 1983.
The Halakhic Mind, NY: Free Press, 1986.
"The Voice of My Beloved that Knocketh," translated from Hebrew by L. Kaplan,
in Theological and Halakhic Reflections on the Holocaust, ed. B. Rosenberg,
Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1992.
"A Halakhic Approach to Suffering," The Torah U-Madda Journal, vol. 8 (1998-1999).
Family Redeemed: Essays on Family Relationships, eds. David Shatz and Joel
Wolowelsky, Toras HoRav Foundation, 2000 (Volume One of the MeOtzar HoRav
Series: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik). Contains six
"Adam and Eve,"
"The Redemption of Sexual Life,"
"Parenthood: Natural and Redeemed,"
"Kibbud u-Mora: Honor and Fear of Parents,"
"Torah and Shekhinah" (the first annual Tonya Soloveitchik Memorial Lecture).
ii) Books and Essays in Hebrew:
Ish Ha-Halakha: Galui Ve-nistar, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization,
1979. The first two pieces are among his most important works:
"Ra'ayonot al Ha-tefilla."
Divrei Hagut Ve-ha'arakha, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization, 1982.
Contains five original Hebrew articles and seven translations of English
articles. The original Hebrew articles are:
"Kol Dodi Dofek," an address on Yom Ha-atzma'ut 1956, which has since been
translated into English (see above, "The Voice of My Beloved...");
"Ma Dodekh Mi-dod," a eulogy for the Brisker Rav, R. Yitzchak Ze'ev Soloveitchik;
"Peleitat Sofreihem," a eulogy for R. Hayyim Heller, translated into English
in Shiurei Harav (below);
"Be-seter U-vegalui," a eulogy for R. Ze'ev Gold;
"Nos'ei Ha-tzitz Ve-hachoshen," a eulogy for R. Chayyim Ozer Grodzinsky.
Although four of the five essays listed above are labeled
as eulogies, they deal with important themes personified by the eulogized
individuals and are therefore of interest even to people not familiar with
The above two collections are more comprehensive than the
Hebrew collection of Rav Soloveitchik's articles entitled Be-sod Ha-yachid
Ve-hayachad, ed. Pinchas Peli, Jerusalem: Orot, 1976. The only article
appearing in the latter volume which does not appear in the former two
is the important essay, "Al Ahavat Ha-Torah U-ge'ulat Nefesh Ha-dor," which
is reprinted in a slightly abridged form in Divrei Hashkafa (below).
Additionally, "The Lonely Man of Faith" has been translated
into Hebrew in the volume Ish Ha-emuna, Jerusalem: Mosad Harav Kook, 1968.
B. WRITTEN BY OTHERS:
Shiurei Harav, ed. Joseph Epstein, Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1994 (originally
1974). Contains several important pieces, such as "Sacred and Profane"
and "A Eulogy for the Talner Rebbe."
Reflections of the Rav, adapted by Rabbi Abraham Besdin, Jerusalem: World
Zionist Organization, 1979.
Man of Faith in the Modern World (Reflections of the Rav, vol. 2), adapted
by Rabbi Abraham Besdin, Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1989.
On Repentance, ed. Pinchas Peli, Jerusalem: Orot, 1980; reprinted Ramsey,
NJ: Paulist Press, 1984, and Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.
Five Addresses (to the Religious Zionists of America), Jerusalem: Tal Orot,
Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified: Rabbi Soloveitchik on the Days of
Awe, adapted by Arnold Lustiger, Edison, NJ: Ohr Publishing, 1998.
(Note: the following books are all based on lectures originally
delivered in Yiddish or English.)
Al Ha-teshuva, ed. Pinchas Peli, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization,
Chamesh Derashot, Jerusalem: Tal Orot, 1974.
Perakim Be-machshevet Ha-rav, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization, 1982
- a translation of Reflections of the Rav.
Yemei Zikkaron, ed. Moshe Krone, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization,
Divrei Hashkafa, ed. Moshe Krone, Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization,
1992. Contains an important article by Rav Soloveitchik, "Al Ahavat Ha-Torah...,"
and summaries of various lectures.
A. Written or Reviewed by the Rav:
Shiurim Le-zekher Abba Mari z"l, 2 vols., Jerusalem: Machon Yerushalayim,
1983 and 1985.
Kovetz Chiddushei Torah, Jerusalem: Machon Yerushalayim, 1984.
Kunteres Be-inyan Avodat Yom Ha-kippurim, written by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein,
Jerusalem: N.P., 1986.
Chiddushei Ha-gram Ve-hagrid al Inyanei Kodshim, NY: Morasha Foundation,
B. By others:
Many of the Rav's disciples have published books based largely
or wholly on the Rav's teachings; notable among these are the books by
Rav Herschel Schachter (Nefesh Ha-rav, Eretz Ha-tzvi, Ikvei Ha-tzon), Rav
Michel Shurkin (Harerei Kedem: Be-inyanei Ha-moadim) and Rav Zvi Reichman
(Reshimot Shiurim al Massekhtot Sukka, Nedarim, Shevuot). The Torah journals
Messorah (published by the Orthodox Union) and Beit Yitzchak (published
by Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, Yeshiva University) are also good
sources of articles based on the Rav's shiurim. Messorah has also published
the first of a projected series of volumes entitled Shiurei Harav, this
volume on the subjects of aveilut and Tisha Be-Av, ed. Rav Elyakim Koenigsberg
(Jerusalem: Messorah, 1999).
A Pesach Haggada based on the Rav's shiurim, entitled Si'ach
Ha-grid, was compliled by Rav Yitzchak Lichtenstein (Jerusalem: Reishit
Yerushalayim, 1995). B. David Schreiber has transcribed Yarchei Kalla addresses
(combining halakha and aggada) in his multivolume Nora'ot Harav series
on the holidays. Finally, Rav Aharon Ziegler (no relation) has gathered
oral piskei halakha of the Rav in his book Halakhic Positions of Rabbi
Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1998).
III. ON THE WEB
The main sources of information about the Rav on the Web
The Mail-Jewish Rav Soloveitchik archives, containing transcripts and summaries
of some of his shiurim and of eulogies delivered during his Sheloshim,
as well as a discussion by MJ participants about his significance and other
MJ-Ravtorah, containing summaries of the Rav's shiurim on Parashat Ha-shavua,
based on notes by Dr. Israel Rivkin and edited by Josh Rapps.
Jewish Torah Audio has downloadable audio files of the Rav on various subjects.
For a launchpad to these and various other websites on the Rav, see Rabbi
Josh Cypess's Rav website.
IV. SECONDARY SOURCES
The above-mentioned bibliographies (by Klein, Gafni, and Turkel)
contain references to the secondary literature about Rav Soloveitchik (which
is surprisingly meager but rapidly expanding). Several collections of studies
have been published:
Tradition 30:4 (Summer 1996), published by the Rabbinical Council of America
- a memorial issue devoted entirely to the Rav; this was later printed
as a book - Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik: Man of Halakha, Man of Faith,
ed. Rabbi Menachem Genack, Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1998.
Emuna Bi-zemanim Mishtanim (Faith in Changing Times), ed. Avi Sagi, Jerusalem:
World Zionist Organization, 1996 - a col