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These volumes, drawn from the treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts left by the Rav zt"laiting public deeper understanding of the Rav's philosophy and assistance in confronting the dilemmas that religious man faces in the modern world. Each volume includes an introduction explaining the book's major themes, summaries of essays, and detailed indices.

AND FROM THERE YOU SHALL SEEK (U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham)

And From There You Shall SeekThis classic work, now translated into English for the first time, represents Rav Soloveitchik's fullest and most elaborate examination of religious consciousness and the dynamics of religious experience. In this volume, he explores three phases of the development of the religious personality, focusing on the complex relationship between human freedom and divine revelation. His presentation of the challenging interplay between cultural creativity, religious practice, and spiritual quest is sure to enrich the contemporary reader. Translated by Naomi Goldblum. Introduction by David Shatz and Reuven Ziegler.

 

 

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ABRAHAM'S JOURNEY: 
                   REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE OF THE FOUNDING PATRIARCH

Abraham's JourneyAbraham’s Journey, the ninth in the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, focuses on the life of Avraham Avinu, founding patriarch of the Jewish People. Abraham is not only the first Jew, but also a historical prototype, his experiences and actions foreshadowing critical patterns in the history of his people. In addition, Abraham serves as a spiritual and ethical model to his descendants. He is a teacher, a paragon of kindness, a lonely iconoclast, a master of sacrifice, and a knight of faith. Through careful exegesis of verses, illuminating analyses of character, and insightful readings of classical commentators, the essays in this book seek both the eternal and the contemporary messages of the Abraham story. Edited by David Shatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Reuven Ziegler.

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DAYS OF DELIVERANCE: ESSAYS ON PURIM AND HANUKKAH

Days of DeliveranceFor Rav Soloveitchik, Purim and Hanukkah stand at the nexus of faith and history, of human effort and divine intervention, of solemnity and joyous celebration. In the Purim essays, the Rav breathes vivid life into the characters and events of the Megillah, and demonstrates the story’s universal and contemporary messages. In the Hanukkah essays, too, the Rav draws universal lessons from the story of the Hasmonean rebellion, and utilizes the spiritual core of the Hanukkah story to explain the holiday’s distinctive halakhic features. Edited by Eli D. Clark, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Reuven Ziegler.

 

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THE LORD IS RIGHTEOUS IN ALL HIS WAYS

Lord is Righteous coverFor more than a decade Rabbi Soloveitchik spent virtually the entire day of Tish‘ah be-Av expounding upon its major themes and reading and closely analyzing the Kinot, drawing upon on a whole range of sources including the Bible, rabbinic literature (Talmud and Midrash), medieval halakhic and philosophical works, Hebrew poetry, and Jewish history.  The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways features  the Rav’s teachings on this dayEditor: Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter.     

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FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM: Essays on Pesah and the Haggadah
  

Festival of Freedom coverFor Rabbi Soloveitchik, the Seder night is “endowed with a unique and fascinating quality, exalted in its holiness and shining with a dazzling beauty.” It possesses profound experiential and intellectual dimensions, both of them woven into the fabric of halakhic performance. In these ten essays, the Rav explains how the resonances of the Seder extend far beyond the confines of one night, conveying the philosophy of Jewish history and opening vistas not just on the Jewish people's past, but on its present and future.  Edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky and Reuven Ziegler.

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ZMAN CHEIRUTEINU - hebrew translation of Festival of Freedom
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THE EMERGENCE OF ETHICAL MANEmergence cover

For thousands of years, philosophers have pondered the question what it means to be human. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, answers the question in The Emergence of Ethical Man, the fifth volume in the series. Relying on both scientific research and classical Jewish sources, Soloveitchik explains how a thoroughly naturalistic setting could give birth to human personality -- and to Judaism's expectation of moral character and self-transcendence. The resulting religious anthropology is a startlingly fresh reading of the early chapters of Genesis, and highlights Judaism's distinctive view among those of other religious traditions. Edited by Michael Berger.
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 COMMUNITY, COVENANT AND COMMITMENT
- Selected Letters and Communications

CCC coverCommunity, Covenant and Commitment is the fourth volume in the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. It includes more than seventy private and public letters written by the Rav - as Rabbi Soloveitchik was widely known - as well as a number of detailed interviews conducted with him over the span of some forty years. These materials give us a further glimpse into the prodigious thought of this leader of American Orthodoxy in the crucial decades both prior to and following the Second World War. Edited by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot.

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WORSHIP OF THE HEART: Essays on Jewish Prayer
Worship of Heart covercontains ten chapters on Shema and the Amidah. With profound insight and galvanizing passion, the Rav explores the crucial interface between living religious experience and halakhic norm. In defining the inward experiences accompanying various sections of prayer, he addresses the tensions between the aesthetic and the ethical, the sense of God's presence and His absence, human dependence and exaltation, and stability and change. Thereby, he outlines what prayer offers modern man and what it demands of him. Edited by Shalom Carmy.

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                                         AVODA SHE-BA-LEV - hebrew translation of  
                                         Worship of the Heart: Essays on Jewish Prayer
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OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND: Essays on Mourning, Suffering and the Human Condition


Whirlwind covercontains nine chapters articulating a Jewish response to the phenomena of crisis and suffering, and a Jewish theory of mental health and the role of the emotions. Brilliant formal analysis of halakhic regulations and texts fuse in these pages with a subtle, powerful philosophical and psychological portrait of the human being in distress. Rav Soloveitchik's vision affirms the value of each individual and the meaningfulness of his life, and demonstrates that confronting evil can strengthen and deepen our religious experience. Edited by David Shatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky and Reuven Ziegler.

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MIN HA'SE'ARA
Masot al Aveilut, Yissurim ve-ha-Matzav ha-Enoshi
-  hebrew translation of OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND - contains nine chapters articulating a Jewish response to the phenomena of crisis and suffering, and a Jewish theory of mental health and the role of the emotions, by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, compiled after his death. Can be purchased on-line or by calling Sifrei Shalem, 02-538-0195.

 

FAMILY REDEEMED: Essays on Family Relationships

Family Redeemed covercontains six chapters on the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children. By examining halakhic law, Biblical accounts and aggadic motifs, the Rav derives a Jewish theory of marriage, sexuality, parenthood and filial devotion.
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ADAM U-VEITO - Shesh Masot al Chayei ha-Mishpacha  [hebrew translation of Family Redeemed] consists of six essays on family relationships drawn from the treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts left by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik after his death. This sefer can be purchased on-line - or by calling Sifrei Shalem, 02-538-0195.

 

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