Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic commentary on Chumash, and, until now, the only way to study the Rav’s interpretation and analysis of Chumash was to search for pertinent material by wading through the Rav’s published essays and other writings and hard-to-find audio tapes of his lectures and shiurim. With the publication of Chumash Mesoras HaRav, for the first time the Rav’s teachings have been collected together and organized according the verses of the Torah upon which they expound.
Edited with great skill by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, this groundbreaking Chumash, the first volume of a contemplated set of the entire Torah, collects and adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a published commentary on Chumash that reflects his intellectual breadth and depth, his exegetical creativity, and the timelessness of his insights. Dr. Lustiger performed the Herculean task of compiling the English commentary from already published sources, unpublished manuscripts, transcripts of relevant tapes, notes, and reliable reports of the Rav’s thoughts. Commentary on the Haftaros is included.
Complete with the Hebrew text with vocalization and cantillation signs, an English translation of the Torah text, Rashi’s commentary, and an eloquent and original Torah commentary, the Chumash Mesoras HaRav is perfect for synagogue, home, and school use. In addition, Chumash Mesoras HaRav features introductions by Rabbi Menachem Genack and Dr. Lustiger.
The Rav’s teachings on the Chumash have never been more easily accessible, and readers will welcome this monumental work with the same enthusiasm with which they have welcomed and embraced the Mesorat HaRav Machzor, Kinot, and Siddur, and the Exalted Evening Haggadah.
This commentary provides entrée to the Rav’s writings like never before and encourages readers to explore the Rav’s extensive library of published works.
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"The Chumash Mesoras HaRav presents readers with commentaries that range from halachic to midrashic to peshat to philosophical to psychological. The unifying features are the Rav’s brilliance and his soaring language, his magnificent ability to frame his insights in inspiring words. The reader... leaves the page not only understanding the underlying text better, but loving it and treasuring its message."
Chumash Mesoras HaRav on Sifrei Bereishis, Shemos and Vayikra are available for purchase at your local Judaica store.
Online orders for the Chumash may be done through the OU Press website.
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