It’s no small feat to write a book on a scholarly topic that can appeal to both scholar and layman alike, capture their interest, and even teach them a thing or two, but Rabbi Reuven Ziegler has managed to pull it off.
In Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, (co-published by OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications, Urim Publications, and Maimonides School), Rabbi Ziegler, Director of Research and Archives of the Toras Harav Foundation, takes on the daunting challenge of surveying the thought-world of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik — “the Rav,” as he is reverently and affectionately called by his students and followers — and presenting his teachings and world-view in a clear and organized way. Writing in accessible and comprehensible language, Rabbi Ziegler takes the reader through the major tenets of the Rav’s thought and his significant writings and integrates the Rav’s life with his thought.
A new generation of intellectually curious, spiritually sensitive Jews is discovering the creativity and power, the wonder and excitement, of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s philosophical world. But how does one go about entering that vast thought-world? Majesty and Humility offers the perfect introduction to the extensive corpus of the Rav’s works and philosophy.
Long-time students of the Rav, too, will find a wealth of valuable insights in this logically structured, comprehensive, internally consistent presentation that properly places many of the Rav’s ideas into their natural biographical and intellectual context.
Majesty and Humility is perfect for both the experienced student of the Rav and for one looking for an introduction to his approach.
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