© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Review of Rabbinic Judaism 12.2 Also available online – brill.nl/rrj DOI: 10.1163/156848509X12523861257679 THE NUANCED AMBIGUITIES OF RABBI JOSEPH B. SOLOVEITCHIK’S THOUGHT Alan J. Yuter Institute for Traditional Judaism Professor Dov Schwartz’s remarkable study of Rabbi Joseph B. Solo- veitchik’s Ish ha-Halakhah ( Man of Law, Halakhic Man ) 1 is really two books in one: it is a penetrating decoding of Ish ha-Halakhah based upon analytic, philological, and philosophical considerations, and it is clearly not a volume of blind praise or partisan adulation. The volume also presents Dov Schwartz as a leading critical modern Orthodox voice who, in his contrasting of R. Soloveitchik’s positions to other voices in the Orthodox Jewish theological library, compares R. Soloveitchik’s actual position to his popular position, which, while elegant and bril- liant as an intellectual construct, is not likely inspire many Orthodox adherents. This essay examines: 1. Schwartz as a narrator. 2. Schwartz, the professional philosopher, addressing R. Soloveitchik on philosophical matters. 3. The apparent theology of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Halakhic Man. 4. Schwartz as a critic of R. Soloveitchik. 5. The Judaism of R. Soloveitchik. I. Dov Schwartz as a Narrator Dov Schwartz the
Review of Rabbinic Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
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