Society and Self: On the Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
By Gerald J. (Yaakov) Blidstein
Professor Gerald Blidstein, professor emeritus at Ben-Gurion University and winner of the Israel Prize in Jewish thought, has long been a student of the Rav’s thought and has written and published extensively on the Rav. In Society and Self: On the Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Professor Blidstein has assembled a collection of his essays previously published in different journals over the years on a variety of areas of the Rav’s thought. Issues such as the Rav’s views on Religious Zionism, interaction with the non-Jewish world, the physical, emotional, religious and philosophical aspects of marriage, and death and mourning are treated with a subtle and nuanced understanding of the Rav’s writings. Some may find Professor Blidstein’s conclusions surprising and unconventional; all will be rewarded by his elegant style, perceptive analysis and impeccable scholarship.
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