Friday, November 6th, 2009
It’s time to stop crediting “the Rav” (Soloveitchik) for having been the intellectual centerpiece of Modern Orthodoxy. He’s not. Never was. His “modern” Orthodoxy wasn’t all that modern, even in his prime. He was about as modern as your zaidy’s Eisenhower-era Dodge, equipped with only AM radio.
Given her upbringing, it’s not surprising that Estee Rosenberg, 34, and the mother of five, heads a center for women’s Torah study in Israel. Rosenberg’s parents are Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, rosh yeshiva, or dean, of Yeshivat Har Etzion, considered the Harvard of Israeli yeshivas, and Tova Lichtenstein, daughter of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the spiritual father of Modern Orthodoxy, and a teacher in her own right.