The Rav

The Rav And The Rebbe On Spiritual Slavery Of Modernity

04/29/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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As slaves, we experienced three primary forms of oppression: gerut (alienation), avdut (servitude) and innui (affliction), [Genesis 15:14]. Our suffering naturally inspires us to acts of social justice in which we attempt to alleviate others’ physical oppression and deprivation. However, we can perceive and interpret our suffering spiritually as well.

In a way, all moderns are slaves. Fotolia

Not What He Meant

Rabbi Avi Weiss' recent essay distorts the Rav's position on centralized rabbinic authority.

03/26/2014

In his essay opposing central religious authority (“In the Legacy of the Rav,” Opinion, March 14), Rabbi Avi Weiss misuses the fact that the revered Rosh Yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik would occasionally ask young rabbis who came to him, “What do you think?”

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Wikimedia Commons
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