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Halakhic Morality: Essays on Ethics and Masorah

In this volume’s opening essay, Rabbi Soloveitchik writes:

Nowadays a basic investigation of morality and ethos would be of great importance. There is a crying need for clarification of many practical problems, both in the individual-private and in the social-ethical realms. There are too many uncertainties in which we live today, uncertainties about what we ought to do. We should try to infer from our ethical tradition certain standards that should govern our conduct. In particular, I notice confusion among rabbis as regards basic problems whose solution cannot be found in the Shulhan Arukh and must rather be inferred by way of deduction from ancient principles and axioms.

He approaches this task through an in-depth examination of the beginning of Pirkei Avot, raising topics such as: the sources of ethics, power and persuasion, elitism and democracy, educational philosophy, study and action, freedom and coercion, and more. There follow essays on a variety of related themes, including charity and fellowship, law and ethics, styles of religious observance, and the centrality of humility in Jewish life. Maggid Books is honored to bring these hitherto unpublished essays to a long-awaiting public.


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ISBN 9781592644636
author Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Pages 252
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Author Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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Halakhic Morality: Essays on Ethics and Masorah...does not consider? Review by Rav Kook
This book is very shockingly behind in the times of the concepts of "women are born equal and free."

The thought that YHVH told Adam to keep half of the world's knowledge trapped in "talmud torah, and wanted the world to know that Adam is superior to women would be hard to believe in the recent years of the well spring of women needing to teach torah, tanach, and women need to reconfigure the talmud into a mutual conversation for YHVH's pure knowledge from women and men.

I am very disappointed that Koren published this book..What year are we in 2017??

Not 1950's...right?

This book is too far behind in the times in regards to sacred holy concepts, to be read in a serious manner in our times. (Posted on 10/27/2017)

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As we live in a time of fracture and fission…Halakahic Morality cannot be more relevant…” -  Kol HaMevaser, Yeshiva University


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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903–1993) was born in Russia into a family of renowned Eastern European rabbis. Initially trained in the scholarship of the sacred te...
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