Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph Ber Soloveitchik was a major 20th Century American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist, and modern Jewish ‎philosopher. He was a scion of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty. As a Rosh ‎Yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in New York City, The ‎Rav, as he came to be known, ordained close to 2,000 rabbis over the course of almost half a ‎century. He served as an advisor, guide, mentor, and role-model for tens of thousands of Jews, ‎both as a Talmudic scholar and as a religious leader. He is regarded as a seminal figure by Modern ‎Orthodox Judaism. During his tenure at Yeshiva University, in addition to his Talmudic lectures, ‎Soloveitchik deepened the system of "synthesis" whereby the best of religious Torah scholarship ‎would be combined with the best secular scholarship in Western civilization. In his major non-‎Talmudic publications, which altered the landscape of Jewish philosophy and Jewish theology, ‎Soloveitchik stresses the normative and intellectual centrality of the halakhic corpus. In The Lonely ‎Man of Faith, Halakhic Man, and Halakhic Mind is a four-part analysis of the historical correlation ‎between science and philosophy. Only in its fourth and last part does the author introduce the ‎consequences on the Halakha of the analysis performed in the previous three parts.‎