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Halakhic Man

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Halakhic Man is the classic work of modern Jewish and religious thought by the twentieth century’s preeminent Orthodox Jewish theologian and talmudic scholar. It is a profound excursion into religious psychology and phenomenology, a pioneering attempt at a philosophy of halakhah, and a stringent critique of mysticism and romantic religion.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by The Jewish Publication Society (first published 1983)
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I have never read about Judaism. The argument that human is the co-creator with God is quite striking. But the author made perfect sense in his book. I like the way his analogize Halakhah with mathematics.
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Had a hard time understanding parts of the book, but contains many deep and beautiful ideas to think about. Not only to think about, but act as well, and that does seem to be a central purpose of the book. By thinking, one can only get so far- real progress beyond that point can only come by actions, even if one doesn't completely understand what to do and why to do it.

As an engineering undergraduate studying a lot of math, I can really understand Soloveitchik's attitude towards religion and Ha
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Throughout the book Rabbi Solevetchik uses archetypes to describe different approaches to life. He characterizes the Halachic Man, the person who chooses and engages to live according to Torah Law, as the superior choice. He contrasts the Halachic Man with other archetypes of philosophical outlooks.

Rabbi Solevetchik is very well read and manages to integrate a lot of Western philophy into his argument. The approach of using archetypal descriptions was helpful in its definitiveness, however, he d
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It is hard for me to review this books, since it is a few levels above me. I don't have the necessary background knowledge in philosophy. I did learn from it, though.
Akiva Meir Hersh
Interesting concepts but not quite the derech I'm looking for.
Ellie Steinman
I just don't understand Soloveitchik but I try so hard!
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Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (1903-1993)

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was born into a family already known for its great Torah learning. His grandfather and father, emphasized a thorough analysis of Talmud, and it is in this way that Rav Soloveitchik studied and taught his own students. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Berlin, and then settled in Boston in the early 1930’s. He became
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