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Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parsha: Darosh Darash Yosef Hardcover – January 2, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Urim Publications (January 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655240460
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655240467
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harav Avishai David who lives in Beit Shemesh is known as an outstanding Torah scholar and God fearing person. He learned under the tutelage of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik z''l for a number of years and has compiled for publication essays of a homiletic, philosophic and exegetical nature on each of the Parshiyot of the Torah that he heard from the Rav (Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik). In the course of a summer visit to Eretz Yisroel, I reviewed a number of these essays and I enjoyed all that which I read. It is patently clear that the author was exceedingly careful to transmit the content utilizing the precise terminology of our Rebi. Certainly, the ideas are eminently worthy of publication since they represent the well known positions of our Rebi and were written with great precision. --Rabbi Hershel Schachter Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, Yeshiva University

It is with awe and trepidation that I write these words of recommendation for the compilation of Divrei Torat Harav zt''l on the Parshiyot Hashavua, authored by my dear friend Harav Avishai David Shlit''a. Awe, for the magnificent Divrei Torah recorded herein. Trepidation, for the Rav's words and ideas are words and ideas fit for a Malach Hashem, and we, his mortal students, shake with fearful emotion, lest they fall on our oftentimes deaf ears. The Rav's Divrei Torah are both profound and inspirational. They command us to respond with a deeper faith and with a stronger commitment to Torah. May the Almighty help us to respond fully to that charge so eloquently delivered. --Rabbi Hershel Reichman Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, Yeshiva University

About the Author

Rabbi Avishai David received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. While studying under such outstanding Torah giants such as Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt''l and Rav Nissan Alpert zt''l, Rabbi David absorbed from their knowledge and world religious outlook and values. Prior to his aliyah in August 1994, Rabbi David was Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Ohr Chaim and Ulpanat Orot in Toronto and before that, principal of Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis Missouri. In Israel, Rabbi David served as a Ram in Yeshivat Hesder Ohr Etzion, and headed one of the premier post high school seminaries for women, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). Starting Elul 5762, Rabbi David became the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem, a successful post high school yeshiva program for young men. Simultaneously, Rabbi David is the Rav of a popular synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Beit Midrash Torani Leumi. In his shul, he delivers shiurim and lectures on a host of topics, while serving as a posek for the Beit Shemesh community.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rabbis interpret Torah in different way. Tradition speaks of seventy ways, with the number seventy indicating a large number. Rabbi Avishai C. David offers his recollections of the views of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) on the weekly Torah portions read in synagogues. Rabbi David uses his own words. His book is significant because Rabbi Soloveitchik is very much admired; most Jews refer to him as "The Rav," the rabbi, par excellence. The volume is published by Urim Publications, the OU Press, and Yeshiva Torat Shraga, showing that the teachings in it are the views of a large segment of Judaism.

The Rav considered Moses Nachmanides (known as Ramban, 1194-1270) as the best Bible commentator. In his book on the Rav, The Rav Thinking Aloud, Rabbi David Holzer quotes him saying: "In my opinion, the Ramban has contributed much more to the philosophy of religion" than Maimonides. Maimonides, he continues, was "over-educated and over trained.... The Ramban used more intuition than logic." Rabbi David says it this way in his volume: "Major decisions in people's lives are often not a function of rational calculation but based on impulse and intuition." The Rav, in short, emphasizes faith, rather than reason.

The Rav, as most rabbis today, focuses on Midrashim. He quotes a Midrash on the weekly portion and offers his view of what the Midrash is teachings. Rabbi David says that the Rav was interested in "the spiritual message that (the Torah) conveys... (the) moral precepts and norms that translate into practical deeds." The following are examples. Deuteronomy 33:4 states: "The Torah that Moses commanded us is the heritage (Hebrew, morasha) of the congregation of Jacob.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesley on March 25, 2011
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After years of publications of Rav Yosef Soloveitchik's amazing insights only in lengthy essay form, this book provides digestible units of thought. The brief essays are provocative and interesting, conveying the Rav's great breadth of Torah scholarship and unusual grasp of philosophy, history, and current events. I was engaged from the beginning of Genesis until the end of Deuteronomy. It is sure to be appreciated by all audiences regardless of level of Jewish studies background.
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