Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known often as “The Rav”) was a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva
University who laid so much of the foundation of the YU Torah community and its worldview.
He has administered more rabbinic degrees than anyone in Jewish History and gave lectures
and shiurim that captivated a generation of American Jews. Together, we will explore Rav
Soloveitchik’s Torah and thought specifically on the subject of holidays/chagim, often
highlighting his unique ability to intertwine halacha and machshava. The holidays we will
highlight will correspond with the holidays occurring in the Jewish calendar during this
semester, beginning with Adar/Purim. This will not only provide focus for our material, but
will hopefully provide meaning to the numerous mitzvot and customs that we will perform
on those holidays as well. In other words, the subject matter will be inyanei d’yoma for us
throughout the semester.