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An American Orthodox Dreamer: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Bostons Maimonides School (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Lif)

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, born in 1903, was one or the towering intellectual figures of American Orthodoxy in the twentieth century. He immigrated to America where he served as the Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. As the leader of centrist Orthodoxy in America for more than fifty years, his many accomplishments included his founding of the Maimonides School in Boston in 1937. Synthesizing American educational methodologies and European Orthodox approaches to education, the Maimonides School became a prototype for an American Orthodox day schools, the coeducational nature of the classes at Maimonides, and to some extent the curriculum, was groundbreaking. Characterized by academic excellence in both Judaic studies and other subjects, the school offered boys was particularly innovative by offering Talmud classes to girls on the same level as boys. The Maimonides school became a paradigm for the fledgling Orthodox Jewish day school movement nationwide. The character of the education there influenced later developments in the Orthodox community, such as the emphasis on higher level Torah study for women.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, born in 1903 and scion of a preeminent

Lithuanian Orthodox family, was one of the most towering intellectual figures of American Orthodoxy in the twentieth century. After receiving rabbinic ordination and completing his studies toward a Ph.D., he immigrated to America where he served as the Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. As the leader of centrist Orthodoxy in America for more than fifty years, his many accomplishments included his founding of the Maimonides School in Boston in 1937. Rabbi Soloveitchik served as the intellectual and spiritual force behind the Maimonides School from its founding and was responsible for its innovative curriculum.

Synthesizing American educational methodologies and European Orthodox approaches to education, the Maimonides School became a prototype for an American Orthodox educational institution. Unique among contemporary Orthodox day schools, the coeducational nature of the classes at Maimonides, and to some extent the curriculum, was groundbreaking. Characterized by academic excellence in both Judaic studies and other subjects, the school offered boys and girls exactly the same education. Rabbi Soloveitchik's school was particularly innovative by offering Talmud classes to girls on the same level as boys.

The Maimonides School became a paradigm for the fledgling Orthodox Jewish day school movement nationwide. The character of the education there influenced later developments in the Orthodox community, such as the emphasis on higher level Torah study for women.

By articulating a philosophy that advocated both traditional Orthodoxy as well as modernism and Americanism, the school gradually affected Boston's Orthodox community, which came to be guided by its principles. As Seth Farber points out, the school, once rejected by the Jewish establishment in Boston, was eventually embraced by it. A community that saw no contradiction between democratic values and traditional Orthodox lifestyle emerged in Boston. This modern Orthodox community ultimately represented a significant voice in Boston's Jewish and America's Orthodox cultures.

Synopsis:

The first full-scale historical treatment of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the leading figure in twentieth-century American Jewish Orthodoxy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781584653387
Author:
Farber, Seth
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Location:
Hanover
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Rabbis
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Judaism - Orthodox
Subject:
Rabbis -- United States.
Subject:
Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life
Series Volume:
kra. 7
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
9.22x6.40x.90 in. 1.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, born in 1903 and scion of a preeminent

Lithuanian Orthodox family, was one of the most towering intellectual figures of American Orthodoxy in the twentieth century. After receiving rabbinic ordination and completing his studies toward a Ph.D., he immigrated to America where he served as the Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. As the leader of centrist Orthodoxy in America for more than fifty years, his many accomplishments included his founding of the Maimonides School in Boston in 1937. Rabbi Soloveitchik served as the intellectual and spiritual force behind the Maimonides School from its founding and was responsible for its innovative curriculum.

Synthesizing American educational methodologies and European Orthodox approaches to education, the Maimonides School became a prototype for an American Orthodox educational institution. Unique among contemporary Orthodox day schools, the coeducational nature of the classes at Maimonides, and to some extent the curriculum, was groundbreaking. Characterized by academic excellence in both Judaic studies and other subjects, the school offered boys and girls exactly the same education. Rabbi Soloveitchik's school was particularly innovative by offering Talmud classes to girls on the same level as boys.

The Maimonides School became a paradigm for the fledgling Orthodox Jewish day school movement nationwide. The character of the education there influenced later developments in the Orthodox community, such as the emphasis on higher level Torah study for women.

By articulating a philosophy that advocated both traditional Orthodoxy as well as modernism and Americanism, the school gradually affected Boston's Orthodox community, which came to be guided by its principles. As Seth Farber points out, the school, once rejected by the Jewish establishment in Boston, was eventually embraced by it. A community that saw no contradiction between democratic values and traditional Orthodox lifestyle emerged in Boston. This modern Orthodox community ultimately represented a significant voice in Boston's Jewish and America's Orthodox cultures.

"Synopsis" by , The first full-scale historical treatment of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the leading figure in twentieth-century American Jewish Orthodoxy.
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