Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph Ber (Yosef Dov, Yoshe Ber) Soloveitchik (February 27, 1903April 9, 1993) was an American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a descendant of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty.


  • Man of old who could not fight disease and succumbed in multitudes to yellow fever or any other plague could not lay claim to dignity. Only the man who builds hospitals, discovers therapeutic techniques, and saves lives is blessed with dignity.
  • Great philosophical systems are never produced in a scientific vacuum but usually follow the formation and completion of a scientific world-perspective.
    • The Halakhic Mind, p. 5 (1986)
  • Newtonian physics found its apostle in Kant; modern physics is still awaiting its modern expounder.
    • The Halakhic Mind, p. 12 (1986)
  • On the night of the exodus, the people met God, had a rendezvous with Him, and made His acquaintance for the first time. On Yom Kippur night, man gets very close to his Father in heaven, again meets Him, talks to Him, cries before and implores Him. The grandeur and singularity of these two nights lie in the God-man confrontation.
    • Festival of Freedom: Essays on Pesah and the Haggadah, p. 3 (2006)

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