WHO IS HALAKHIC MAN?1

WHO IS HALAKHIC MAN?1 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Review of Rabbinic Judaism 12.2 Also available online – brill.nl/rrj DOI: 10.1163/156848509X12523861257714 WHO IS HALAKHIC MAN? 1 Shlomo H. Pick Bar-Ilan University I am not a philosopher nor trained in the ways of philosophical analy- sis, and I therefore have felt at a distinct disadvantage while reading, nay studying, Professor Dov Schwartz’s volume Religion or Halakha: The Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik . 2 This study is a companion vol- ume to R. Soloveitchik’s seminal essay Ish HaHalakha , or Halakhic Man in its English translation. As with the classical commentaries to Moses Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed , this book cannot be read by itself; it must be read with a copy of Halakhic Man before the reader, since it refers to the original text on almost every page and is essentially a running commentary on and an extended analysis of R. Soloveitchik’s text, even as it contains novel insights concerning the Rav’s words and thoughts. What right then do I have to review this significant volume? Perhaps my credentials as a melamed , a teacher of Talmud and Halakhah, allow me to comment on Professor Schwartz’s thesis. I would http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Rabbinic Judaism Brill

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BRILL
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1568-4857
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1570-0704
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10.1163/157007009789926974
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Review of Rabbinic Judaism 12.2 Also available online – brill.nl/rrj DOI: 10.1163/156848509X12523861257714 WHO IS HALAKHIC MAN? 1 Shlomo H. Pick Bar-Ilan University I am not a philosopher nor trained in the ways of philosophical analy- sis, and I therefore have felt at a distinct disadvantage while reading, nay studying, Professor Dov Schwartz’s volume Religion or Halakha: The Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik . 2 This study is a companion vol- ume to R. Soloveitchik’s seminal essay Ish HaHalakha , or Halakhic Man in its English translation. As with the classical commentaries to Moses Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed , this book cannot be read by itself; it must be read with a copy of Halakhic Man before the reader, since it refers to the original text on almost every page and is essentially a running commentary on and an extended analysis of R. Soloveitchik’s text, even as it contains novel insights concerning the Rav’s words and thoughts. What right then do I have to review this significant volume? Perhaps my credentials as a melamed , a teacher of Talmud and Halakhah, allow me to comment on Professor Schwartz’s thesis. I would

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