There is a story that I have heard with multiple names being used as the Rabbi in the story. It goes like this:

A woman came to [insert name of Torah Sage here] and said that it would enhance her religious experience to wear a Tallis, and could she do so. He advised her to take things step by step, and first try a Tallis without the strings in it and see how she felt. She came back after a week and informed him of how inspired and uplifted she had felt through the experience, and she was ready for the next step. (There are longer versions, but I'll cut to the chase.) [Insert name of Torah Sage here] told her that a four cornered garment without the strings is at best meaningless, so apparently she gets her religious inspiration from something other than Mitzvos, and a Tallis isn't necessary.

Can anyone identify, with credible, documented sources, who the Rabbi in the story was?

  • torahmusings.com/2012/12/women-wearing-tallit No one really knows if that story ever happened. – Double AA May 7 '14 at 19:09
  • הוא הציע לה ללבוש בגד של ארבע כנפות בלי ציציות במשך שלושה חודשים ואז לחזור אליו. לאחר שלושה חודשים היא חזרה ואמרה שזו הייתה החוויה הכי מרגשת בחייה. אמר לה הגרי"ד: "במשך שלושה חודשים לבשת בגד ללא שום ערך דתי או הלכתי, א"כ זה מגלה שההרגשה שלך באה ממקור שהוא מחוץ למצווה", ולא נתן לה את הסכמתו ללבוש טלית). – preferred May 7 '14 at 19:15
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    @AvrohomYitzchok That furthers the impression that it's apocryphal – Y     e     z May 7 '14 at 20:13
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    I heard it in the name of Rav Yosef B. Soloveitchik. No documentation though. – Ploni Almoni May 7 '14 at 20:17
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    I heard this story about R. Yosef Dov Soloveichik z"l from a student of his. (This would explain the degree of uncertainty about the identity of the rabbi as many people refrain from mentioning the Rav's name, or use various indirect ways to reference him) – mevaqesh Jan 23 '15 at 4:49

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