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Out of the Whirlwind

Out of the Whirlwind

Essays on Mourning, Suffering and the Human Condition

By Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Edited by David Shatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky and Reuven Ziegler

The topics of mourning and suffering are among the most salient in the writings of Rabbi Soloveitchik, both when he describes personal experiences and when he articulates his philosophy.

The essays in this volume powerfully illustrate the Rav's peerless ability to derive a Jewish understanding of both God and the human condition from Biblical and Halakhic sources. The Rav explores such topics as the stages of mourning, the relationship between mourning practices and the mourner's inner experience, the contrasts between individual and communal mourning, the significance of suffering, and the importance of emotions in the Jewish world view.

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Praise for Out of the WhirlwindReview by Excerpted from William Kolbrener's review in "Tradition"
"The tension between the subjective and objective" was, for R. Joseph Soloveitchik, as R. Aharon Lichtenstein observes, "a major life long concern". "That tension, perhaps better expressed as a dialectic, emerges in a new light with the publication of Out of the Whirlwind" R. Soloveitchik's heretofore unpublished essays on, as the subtitle of the work advertises, mourning, suffering, and the human condition. That is, the essays published in Out of the Whirlwind, written between 1957 and 1974, almost uniformly take as their starting point the subjective, both complicating and enriching our overall sense of R. Soloveitchik, the philosopher and theologian. (Posted on 11/5/2014)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 0881257729
Pages 243
Format Hardcover
SKU ktav1763
Series Number 03
Publisher Ktav Publishing House