AJL reviews Darosh Darash Yosef

by Ilka Gordon

David, Avishai C. Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parashah. Jerusalem: Urim, 2011. 472 p. (9789655240467)

Many books have been written and are being written about the teachings of Rabbi Yosef Soloveitchik, the recognized leader of Modern Orthodoxy in the twentieth century, a renowned scholar and an extraordinary teacher, affectionately called the Rav by his many students. Rabbi Avishai David, a devoted student of the Rav and a Rosh Yeshiva (head master of a school of Jewish learning) attended many lectures in the 1970s and 80s, given by the Rav at Yeshiva University, Moriah synagogue in New York and Saturday nights in Boston. Darosh Darash Yosef is a compilation of the Rav’s insights into the weekly Torah portion culled from these lectures. Rabbi David presents the reader with a three or four page essay on each parashah (weekly portion) of the Torah. The essays are based on the Rav’s teachings and philosophy. Concepts are presented in clear and readable prose which can be easily understood by the scholar and layman alike. Both the novice and expert in Torah study will increase his or her depth of knowledge by reading this well written book. Darosh Darash Yosef is an excellent reference book for patrons who will be speaking about the weekly Torah portion, especially Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. Darosh Darash Yosef is highly recommended for all libraries. Rabbi David makes the Rav’s complex thoughts accessible to all readers.

AJL Reviews (Sep/Oct 2011) p. 36

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