The Last Rabbi: Joseph Soloveitchik and Talmudic Tradition (New Jewish Philosophy and Thought)

William Kolbrener

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Joseph Soloveitchik (1903–1993) was a major American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist, philosopher, and theologian. In this new work, William Kolbrener takes on Soloveitchik’s controversial legacy and shows how he was torn between the traditionalist demands of his European ancestors and the trajectory of his own radical and often pluralist philosophy. A portrait of this self-professed "lonely man of faith" reveals him to be a reluctant modern who responds to the catastrophic trauma of personal and historical loss by underwriting an idiosyncratic, highly conservative conception of law that is distinct from his Talmudic predecessors, and also paves the way for a return to tradition that hinges on the ethical embrace of multiplicity. As Kolbrener melds these contradictions, he presents Soloveitchik as a good deal more complicated and conflicted than others have suggested. The Last Rabbi affords new perspective on the thought of this major Jewish philosopher and his ideas on the nature of religious authority, knowledge, and pluralism.

About the Author: William Kolbrener is Professor of English at Bar Ilan University in Israel.With degrees from Oxford and Columbia, Kolbrener has written extensively on the literature, philosophy, and theology of early modern England, with his Milton's Warring Angels (1996) and his edited volume, Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith (2008).  Kolbrener also writes on psychoanalysis, culture, and contemporary religion; his Open Minded Torah: Of Irony, Fundamentalism and Love was published in 2011.

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