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Torah and Western Thought

Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity

Even as the twentieth century will be remembered for the West’s loss of faith, Jewish Orthodoxy itself experienced in that very time a golden age of leaders and teachers who sought to bridge the world of Torah and that of the West. Some of these Torah figures were deeply impacted by an academic field, such as philosophy or literature. Others developed a Torah-based perspective on developments within the West, such as the rise of Zionism, democracy, or biotechnology. Still others reflected on the very nature of religious knowledge itself. The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University invited twenty-first century thinkers to paint an intellectual portraits of these luminaries, illustrating how each figure bridged the worlds of Torah and the West in a unique way. The essays would thereby serve to inspire Orthodox Jews and all intellectually engaged individuals of faith to learn from their lives, and to have the courage to bridge these worlds as well.

Great thinkers examined include Rabbi Yehuda Amital, Rabbi Yitzchak Herzog, Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Dr. Isadore Twersky. With essays by contemporary thinkers Rabbi Shalom Carmy, Dr. Carmi Horowitz, Dr. Alan Jotkowitz, Dr. Yehudah Mirsky, Dr. Daniel Rynhold, Dr. David Shatz, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Yael Unterman, Rabbi Itamar Warhaftig, Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, and Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier.


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ISBN 9781592644360
author Dr. Stuart Halpern, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier
Pages 330
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Author Rabbi Meir Soloveichik , Dr. Stuart Halpern , Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier

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“This book is a well-written group of scholarly essays…highly recommended for academic libraries and other libraries with patrons interested in understanding modern Orthodox thought.” – Association of Jewish Libraries (Read Full Review Here) 




"The editors here have assembled and all-star writing cast and the result is a fascinating and engaging read." -Ben Rothke, The Jewish Press (Read Full Review Here) 



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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Isr...
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Dr. Stuart Halpern
Dr. Stuart Halpern serves as the Assistant Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought of Yeshiva University, and the Assistant Directo...
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Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier
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