For the first time, the insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (“the Rav”) on all five books of the Torah are available. Rabbi Avishai David, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem, brings the Rav’s teachings to you in his new book Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parashah, published by OU Press/Jewish Educational Publications and Urim Publications.
For decades, the Rav lectured on the weekly Torah reading in the Moriah Synagogue in Manhattan and on Saturday nights in Boston. His discourses were mesmerizing, combining soaring language with penetrating insights. Both the narratives and the narratives and the commandments of the Torah gained new meaning in the Rav’s able hands. Human psychology, religious philosophy, ethical ideals, and halachic concepts emerge from the text of the Torah. Rabbi Avishai David, a longtime attendee of the Rav’s lectures and a noted scholar in his own right, has adapted these insights for the contemporary reader.
Rabbi David is faithful to the Rav’s precise terminology yet sensitive to the needs of the wider reading public. Recognizing that the Rav’s complex language is often difficult for the average reader, Rabbi David has written a collection of essays that is readable while still accurately transmitting the Rav’s thoughts.
Copies of Darosh Darash Yosef, which cost $29.95 each, are available at a discount through OUPress.org. Those who wish to place a bulk order (at a bulk-rate discounted price) can contact OU Press at OUPress@ou.org.
From The Jewish Press
The original article may be found in the December 3, 2010 print edition.