Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Walking with the Rav: In memory of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik - Artutz Sheva


To recognize a person means to affirm that he is irreplaceable. To hurt a person means to tell him that he is expendable, that there is no n

Monday, April 10, 2023

lmof, great film but a possible error

LMOF is a great documentary. I have watched it 20 times. It’s very inspiring. But there’s a mistake or two. Here’s one of them. Rabbi JJ Schacter is talking about the Rav’s “complicated relationship with the yeshiva world” and the documentary shows a photo of the Rav with the Lub. Rebbe with whom he did NOT have a complicated relationship and who is NOT in the yeshiva world. (51:39) [Compare to 4:06 in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0uF44xLM-k] They were old friends who supported one another without criticism. So this is an error. Or it seems to be. Maybe you can say that his support of the Rebbe further complicated his relationship with the yeshiva world and that's what this photo is all about. But I think you'd have to explain that to the audience. So I think it's a mistake. But that aside, wonderful film.



Excerpt: The Rebbe and the Rav

Saturday, April 8, 2023

teach hebrew

In the 1948 meeting notes for the Maimonides school, we see the following:

Question was raised of teaching children Hebrew in Hebrew. Mrs. Soloveitchik pointed out that the Hebrew Dept. of the school stressed the religious content so that the Hebrew language had been neglected. However, for the past few years, the Rabbi [Soloveitchik] has asked the Hebrew teachers to use more Hebrew and great attention to the language and grammar is now being paid. (Minutes book of the Maimonides School, May 29, 1948, p. 16 in Farber, An American Orthodox Dreamer, p. 116)


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Slavery and fear

“The slave lives in fear. He is afraid not only of those who are stronger than he or of those who have jurisdiction over him; the slave is afraid of contradicting anyone, of antagonizing even a stranger. The fear might be unjustified, but this fear is the motivating force in his life.” (An Exalted Evening, p. 23)

Monday, April 3, 2023

Marking the 30th Yahrtzeit of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt"l



7:00 p.m. at BMTL 

(1 Rechov Asher)

Rav Moshe Lichtenstein, Rav Meyer Lichtenstein, and Rav Avishai David 



8:00 p.m. at OYM

Rav Kenneth Brander and Rav Chaim Ilson



9:30 a.m. at Kehilat Nofei Hashemesh

Rav Aharon Rakefet


9:30 a.m. at BMTL 

Rav Hershel Schachter



8:00 p.m. at Netzach Menashe

18 רחוב ראובן

Rav Aharon Adler and Rav Dovid Miller



8:00 p.m. at Beit Knesset Feigenson

Womens Beit Medrash Initiative

Speakers TBA

BMTL – Rechov Asher 1, Bet Shemesh, Israel 99544

Nofei HaShemesh: Rechov Sitvanit 1

Bet Haknesset Ohel Yonah Menachem 17 Shivtei Yisrael, Sheinfeld, Bet Shemesh, Israel

Netzach Menashe 18 רחוב ראובן, Bet Shemesh, Israel 99544

Beit Knesset Feigenson - Nofei Aviv 29 Hashoshan Street, Beit Shemesh, 99591, Israel