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I have heard, I believe from Rabbi Daniel Stein, that Rav Soloveitchk is quoted as crafting the following logic: Chicken soup, unlike water, does not as a practical reality lose its cooking (azil lei bishulei) when cooled. If I have water, boil it, and let it cool, it is basically back to where I started. If I cook soup, and let it cool, I have cold ...


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Although I personally have not read his works, I have a number of friends who were inspired by The Lonely Man of Faith. Additionally, Halachic Man seems to be a must read. Although chronologically Halachic preceded Lonely by a couple of decades, Lonely is more fundamental.


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In his article "'What' Hath Brisk Wrought? The Brisker Derekh Revisited," R. Moshe Lichtenstein argues that, the basic change wrought by R. Hayyim was the refocusing of the learning process upon the hard halakhic data that emerge from a sugya, instead of upon the mechanisms by which they were derived. To state the point in more technical terms, ...


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From zaq's answer to a related question: In the Moreh Nevuchim [(Part 1 ch.53)], Rambam explains how God's attributes should be understood without compromising God's unchangingness. He compares God's mood to a fire. If you put ice in a fire, it melts, then evaporates. If you put clay in a fire, it hardens. If you put wood in a fire it burns... The ...


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נושא הציץ והחושן is printed inside the Sefer דברי הגות והערכה.


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As quoted in MiPeninei HaRav (page 73), the Rav felt 'based on the simple reading of the Mishna in Berachot (20b)' that women are obligated to pray Maariv.


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In his youth Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik (Bais HaLevi) lived in Brod. One anecdote illustrates his early mastery of rabbinic learning. Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, the rabbi of Brod, enjoyed engaging in Talmud studies with him. http://wapedia.mobi/en/Yosef_Dov_Soloveitchik_(Beis_Halevi)


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When the Netziv was 11 years old he was sent to learn in Volozhin. Half a year after his Bar Mitzva, the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Itzele Volozhin the son of Rav Chaim Volozhin, saw him fit from all the other budding stars, to take him as a son-in-law. http://www.revach.net/stories/gedolim-biographies/The-Netziv-Rav-Naftali-Tzvi-Yehuda-Berlin-Until-The-Dying-Day-Of-...


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Rabbi Harry Lax was the last recipient of smicha from Rabbi Soloveichik. I was told this by a great-nephew of Rabbi Soloveichik, who I know from Kehliath Jeshurun synagogue in Manhattan.


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When I was a student at Yeshivat Har Etzion, R' Binyamin Tabory gave a Shi'ur on Ma'aseh Rav, based on the Rav's teachings and Minhagim. When he discussed Sefirah, the Three Weeks, etc., he said that if, hypothetically, one could go to a movie at all (which he did not feel was so simple, for reasons relating to issues of modesty - he said he once went to a ...


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Yalkut HaMoadim page 711 & HaPardes Number 14 page 7


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I studied in Brisk in Yerushalyim and what I saw from my Rosh Yeshiva and his family was that they use regular ashkenazi siddurim but by heart they incorporate their own nuschaos and minhagim (ie. most often following the Gr"a, for example, ommitting נא in the blessing of rachem in bentching. Also ברחמיו in Bonei Yerushalayim is omitted. However, they don'...


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According to the various writings shown by Google for Soloveitzchik and Rambam, the main reason is the precise, rationalistic approach of the Rambam to halacha. Rambam is the one who is known for the precise definition of the halacha. Rav Chaim Soloveitzchik therefore uses the Rambam as the prime exemplar of this method of learning. For example, The A ...


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You may wish to try the shiurim of R. Mayer Twersky or R. Michael Rosensweig on http://yutorah.org.


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I don't know if it was discussing solids or liquids, but Rabbi Michael Broyde observes that fifty years ago, many Jews who put their lives on the line to keep shabbos (when many couldn't or didn't) would take cold cooked food on shabbos morning and put it in the already-on oven. He said Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote, as a limud zchut (way of finding merit for ...


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The Bergen County Beis Medrash has lots of Audio Shiurim from Rav Soloteitchik. That may be a good place to start. There are also 164 of the Rav's shiurim available for download here. (linked to from here)


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I'm no scholar of the Rav, but I found the Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur Machzors and the Haggada based on his teachings to be eye-opening introductions to his oeuvre. They're full of references to his other published works, so if you see a passage you find particularly interesting, you can follow it up by studying the work it was excerpted from.


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In my opinion the best place to start is Here: The Rav Thinking Aloud on the Parsha It is simpler then the other books that have some heavy philosophy and language. They are cross referenced to his other books so if you like an Idea you can find it and the person who wrote it was a close talmid. Plus it is on the Parsha so it makes it very usefull.If you ...


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I think the first one I read was קול דודי דופק, both very deep and very readable at the same time, a nice introduction to his way of writing, and philosophical methodology. @YDK's suggestions of Man of Faith and Halachic Man are also good to go with.


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By placing cold soup on a Blecht during Shabbat, we do NOT re-cook it, because this is NOT Bishul. The soup is merely re-heated below a temp. of Yad Soledet, about 45 deg. Celsius. This is why Rambam and others permit it, and this is my family's custom.


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I recommend two books in particular: Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, The Rav: The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (2 vols; ed. Joseph Epstein; Ktav Publishing House, 1999); Reuven Ziegler, Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Urim Publications, 2012).


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See also the shiurim by R' Aharon Soloveitchik on yutorah.org.


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See Kovetz Shiurim (Bava Basra 633)


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Woops. The source for the letter is cited by R. Twersky there: "The letter of the Kovner Rav is reprinted as the foreword to זכרון הרב. It can be read here (page 5).


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I heard from Rabbi Aharon rakkeffet that rav yoshe ber did celebrate thanksgiving. He also mentions this in an interview: You have an interesting story about Rav Soloveitchik concerning Thanksgiving. Can you share it? The Rav used to come in from Boston Tuesday morning, said shiur at 1:00 in the afternoon, and then again at 10:00 Wednesday morning. One ...


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According to this answer, the Rav did celebrate Thanksgiving. Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik was noted as moving his lecture earlier on Thanksgiving morning so he could catch the plane back to Boston for Thanksgiving dinner at his sister's house. Thanksgiving Meal Allowed? is also relevant. From Alex's answer there: In a nutshell: R' Moshe Feinstein ...


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Try the series Talmudic Methodology by R' Moshe Taragin at the Virtual Beit Midrash.


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Rav Saadia Gaon discuses Deuteronomy 4:24 to illustrate an instance where Scripture is not interpreted according to its "literal" meaning, "Likewise we find for the statement of Scripture: For the Lord thy God is a fire, a good interpretation, by way of metaphor or analogy, to the effect that God's punishment is like a consuming fire that burns up ...


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I strongly recommend Halakhic Man. (Some say to skip the first 40 pages. From what I have heard, people find them very tedious, as it is just a preface to the piece, and Rav Yoshe Ber uses very large words with which most people are unfamiliar, but after roughly the first 40 pages he actually gets to the premise of the essay.) In it he describes and ...



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