Perpetuating the Masorah
Halakhic, Ethical, and Experiential Dimensions
by Rabbi Professor Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky, The Talner Rebbe
Essays in Memory of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
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A collection of essays on aggadic, halakhic, ethical and spiritual themes by Rabbi Professor Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky (1930-1997), dedicated to the memory of his father-in-law, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Edited by by Carmi Horowitz and David Shapiro.
A leading scholar of academic Jewish studies and professor at Harvard University who also served as the Talner Rebbe, Rabbi Dr. Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky was a uniquely multifaceted Torah scholar and devoted son-in-law and disciple of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He was one of the outstanding Maimonidean scholars of his time and a master of medieval Jewish intellectual history, with a specialty in the relationship between Halakhah and Jewish spirituality. Perpetuating the Masorah is a collection of essays on aggadic, halakhic, ethical, and spiritual themes dedicated to the memory of his father-in-law.
Some of the issues addressed in this volume include: the teaching of Torah and its goals, becoming a Torah scholar, the prerogatives of Torah scholars and their responsibilities and obligations, the qualities of teachers and students of Torah, and the uniqueness of Jewish tradition. Commitment to the masorah, passion and love for Torah, and the excitement of understanding the inner spirituality of Torah all flow from the words and between the lines of these essays. This volume adds one more dimension to the legacy of this great teacher who so harmoniously integrated intellectual sophistication with religious sensitivity and experiential intensity.