Author: Aharon Lichtenstein

JA 1986 Symposium – Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

A symposium which opens by asking participants to identify “our generation’s greatest achievement” was, presumably, planned by an optimist; and I’m afraid that, within its context, the designation of “survival and continuity” as a response must seem disappointingly pessimistic. Yet, what else can one say? In 1942, or in...

To Sharpen Understanding

Dr. Kolbrener’s critique of my essay is unquestionably framed within the language and context of what Coventry Patmore denominated “the traditions of civility.” It is learned, urbane, deferential, cogently argued and suffused with sensitivity, intelligence and commitment.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein on The Future of American Orthodoxy

Confronted by the phalanx of questions included in this symposium, I find myself responding instinctively with two reservations. The first is the obvious rejoinder that such a range can hardly receive adequate treatment in the space allotted to each participant.

The Source of Faith is Faith Itself

“Who prop, thou ask’st, in these bad days, my mind?” Thus opened Matthew Arnold an early sonnet, To A Friend. I believe that, unlike Maimonides, I do not generally experience the days as bad: and I am quite certain that if I did, Arnold’s choices –Homer, Epictetus and Sophocles...

Our Next 100 Years: The Future of American Orthodoxy

Confronted by the phalanx of questions included in this symposium, I find myself responding instinctively with two reservations. The first is the obvious rejoinder that such a range can hardly receive adequate treatment in the space allotted to each participant. The second, in a more personal vein, is recoil...

A Gentle Giant : Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt”l

That Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt"l, was relatively unknown to the general Israeli public -- the secular press was astounded by the attendance of a quarter of a million people at his funeral -- was largely to his credit. The ignorance derived, in essence, from his studied lifelong...

A Clarification by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we published “Seeking Answers with Humility,” an article exploring the Jewish response to pain and suffering. The article, which was adapted from an address by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein but was not reviewed by him, included a reference to Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner’s approach to...