Celebrating the Rav’s Torah Legacy

March 11 Pre-Pesach Event Commemorates Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s 25th Yahrzeit

On Sunday, March 11, Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will present a special Pre-Pesach Yom Iyun in commemoration of the 25th yahrzeit [passing] of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a foundational Jewish thinker, scholar and communal leader whose influence continues to shape the world’s Torah learning. The program, presented in conjunction with the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and the Minnie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon, will take place on YU’s Wilf Campus in Furst Hall 501 at 500 West 185th Street, at 9:30 a.m.

Participants will learn the Torah of Rav Soloveitchik on Pesach from classes given by several of the Rav’s most distinguished students. Rabbi Menachem Genack, rosh yeshiva at RIETS and CEO of OU Kosher, will discuss “Hallel at the Seder.” Rabbi Aharon Rakeffet-Rothkoff, a rosh mesivta at YU’s Israel Kollel, will deliver a shiur on the Haggadah and the Rav’s art of teaching Torah. Rabbi Hershel Schachter, the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud and rosh yeshiva at RIETS, will share insights from the Rav into the Haggadah.

“Rabbi Soloveitchik is synonymous with Yeshiva University and RIETS,” said Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS. “The goal of our many commemorations of the Rav’s yahrzeit is about more than just highlighting the seminal role he played at our yeshiva and in the American Jewish community. It’s about studying his Torah and about learning as a further merit for his neshama [soul].”   

The program is open to both men and women and complimentary parking is available. For more information, please contact kollelyomrishon@yu.edu or 212.960.5400, ext. 6171.

In addition, RIETS will host shiurim focused on the Rav’s teachings in shuls across the Five Towns and Teaneck, New Jersey on March 10. These shiurim will feature celebrated YU personalities, including President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman; Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and senior scholar at the CJF; and Dr. David Shatz, Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought, among others, on topics ranging from the Rav’s approach to prayer to his perspective on the problem of evil.

“The impact of Rav Soloveichik’s Torah and leadership continues to inspire and transform our communities,” said Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). “The upcoming programs to commemorate his 25th yahrzeit are a fitting tribute to his influence and greatness.”