Yeshiva University and the Orthodox Union Will Co-host “Remembering the Rav”


Yeshiva University and OU Press Celebrate Completion of Soloveitchik Chumash on October 14

ChumashYeshiva University and the Orthodox Union (OU) will co-host “Remembering the Rav—Celebrating the Completion of Chumash Mesoras HaRav: The Neuwirth Edition” on Sunday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Yeshiva University’s Weissberg Commons on the Wilf Campus. The program is free of charge and open to men and women.

Part of YU’s Kollel Yom Rishon series, this special event marks the publication of the commentary on Chumash based upon the teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known to all as “the Rav”) and will include presentations from some of the Rav’s most illustrious students. Register here to attend the event.

The program, led by Rabbi Simon Posner, executive editor of OU Press, will feature several prominent speakers, including a keynote address from Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University. Other speakers include Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Senior Posek at OU Kosher; Rabbi Mayer Twersky, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS; Dr. Arnold Lustiger, the editor of Chumash Mesoras HaRav; Rabbi Menachem Genack, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, CEO of OU Kosher and general editor of OU Press; and Rabbi Julius Berman, chairman of the OU Press Commission and a trustee of Yeshiva University.

The Chumash Mesoras HaRav, published by OU Press, has been a multi-year project to make Rabbi Soloveitchik’s commentary on the Torah readily accessible to readers. Compiled and edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, the project draws upon material from dozens of published sources in Hebrew, English and Yiddish as well as many previously unpublished lectures and tapes of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s shiurim.

This material is presented in concise English, often in the Rav’s own language, as a running commentary alongside the Chumash text. The Chumash Mesoras HaRav presents the Rav’s philosophical insights, homiletic interpretations and Talmudic analysis in a form that transforms them from a diverse array of sources into a timeless commentary.

Rabbi Posner says that “the completion of the Chumash Mesoras HaRav project is a pioneering event in Jewish publishing and will serve to further disseminate the Rav’s Torah. The upcoming event at Yeshiva University provides us the opportunity to give kavod to the Rav and pay public tribute to his memory.”

Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, The David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, noted that “Rav Soloveitchik and his worldview continue to animate so many aspects of the Torah learning and ideological culture of Yeshiva University. It is with great pride that we partner with the Orthodox Union in hosting an event to celebrate the completion of a work that will allow a new generation to appreciate the Rav’s brilliant and nuanced approach to interpreting the verses of our Torah.”

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