Title: And From There You Shall Seek
(An English translation of U-Vikashtem Mi-Sham)
Author: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Publisher: Toras HoRav Foundation and Ktav
Title: An Exalted Evening: A Passover Haggadah
(with a commentary based on the writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik)
Editor: Rabbi Menachem Genack
Publisher: OU Press and Ktav
Two new extraordinary Soloveitchik works made their debut recently at the Yeshiva University SOY Book Sale and at bookstores – and they are outstanding indeed.
The first nine volumes of the Toras HoRav Foundation focused on the unpublished works of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, bringing to a long-waiting public the philosophical insights of the Rav, the Torah master of the past generation. Now its tenth volume is the English translation of the Rav’s classic Hebrew work, U-Vikashtem Mi-Sham.
Lyric in its presentation of the search for God and profound in its philosophical analysis of the attempt to cling to Him, the work has been generally inaccessible to those without a strong background in Hebrew. Now all have the opportunity to discover with the Rav the nature of the Jewish religious experience. Indeed, exploring it is sure to broaden the religious experience of the individual reader.
An Exalted Evening is a masterful 200-page collection of the Rav’s comments on the Haggadah, drawn from the Rav’s published works, tapes of his shiurim and the sophisticated notes of the editor, Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kashruth Division and one of the Rav’s most outstanding students.
The commentary contains philosophical analyses, biblical exegeses and Brisker lomdus. One could not hope for a better introduction to Rabbi Soloveitchik and his life-long mission of Torah teaching. It is sure to be the most popular Haggadah published this year, and its early release gives us all the time to study it so that our sedarim may be enhanced by the Rav’s profound insights.