book_coverRevel congratulates Elliot Resnick (BRGS ’10), editor of the new publication Perfection: The Torah Ideal.  The book consists of a reprint of Rabbi Dov Katz’s fascinating introduction to The Musar Movement — a work that has been out of print for 40 years — plus a biographical appreciation of the author by his son, Rabbi Yehoshua Katz, Ashkenazic rav of Ma’ale Adumim. Rabbi Katz was a close student of the Alter of Slabodka and director of Israel’s rabbinical court system for several decades.   In this controversial work, Rabbi Katz argues that the essence of Judaism is not the law, but rather ethical and spiritual perfection.

Elliot Resnick is currently a doctoral candidate in Revel, writing his dissertation under the tutelage of Professor Jeffrey Gurock. Perfection: The Torah Ideal was published by Brenn Books and is available at, and bookstores.  The book contains approbations from Rabbis Hershel Schachter, Shmuel Kamenetsky, and Berel Wein, and former YU librarian Zalman Alpert.

A sample chapter can be read here.


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