by Rabbi Avishai C. David
Preface by Rabbi Menachem Genack
Hardcover, 472 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-046-7
published by: Urim Publications and OU Press and Yeshiva Torat Shraga
Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt"l (1903-1993) was not only one of the outstanding talmudists of the twentieth century, but also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. Drawing from a vast reservoir of Jewish and general knowledge, "the Rav," as he is widely known, brought Jewish thought and law to bear on the interpretation and assessment of the modern experience. Rabbi Avishai David, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem, attended the Rav’s daily shiurim in yeshiva for several years during the early and mid-1970s, and was a staunch attendee of the shiurim in Congregation Moriah in Manhattan for over a decade. For five years, between 1977 and 1982, he attended the Rav’s Humash shiurim on motza’ei Shabbat in Boston, as well as many of the summer shiurim that the Rav presented on various topics. The Humash shiurim published in this book are an amalgam of all of the aforementioned venues, but are drawn primarily from the shiurim in Boston on motza’ei Shabbat.
Rabbi Avishai David received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. While studying under such outstanding Torah giants such as Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt"l and Rav Nissan Alpert zt"l, Rabbi David absorbed from their knowledge and world religious outlook and values. Prior to his aliyah in August 1994, Rabbi David was Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Ohr Chaim and Ulpanat Orot in Toronto and before that, principal of Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis Missouri. In Israel, Rabbi David served as a Ram in Yeshivat Hesder Ohr Etzion, and headed one of the premier post high school seminaries for women, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). Starting Elul 5762, Rabbi David became the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem, a successful post high school yeshiva program for young men. Simultaneously, Rabbi David is the Rav of a popular synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Beit Midrash Torani Leumi. In his shul, he delivers shiurim and lectures on a host of topics, while serving as a posek for the Beit Shemesh community.
Praise for Rav Soloveitchik on the Parashah:
“Harav Avishai David who lives in Beit Shemesh is known as an outstanding Torah scholar and God fearing person. He learned under the tutelage of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik z”l for a number of years and has compiled for publication essays of a homiletic, philosophic and exegetical nature on each of the Parshiyot of the Torah that he heard from the Rav (Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik).
In the course of a summer visit to Eretz Yisroel, I reviewed a number of these essays and I enjoyed all that which I read. It is patently clear that the author was exceedingly careful to transmit the content utilizing the precise terminology of our Rebi. Certainly, the ideas are eminently worthy of publication since they represent the well known positions of our Rebi and were written with great precision.”
-Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, Yeshiva University
"It is with awe and trepidation that I write these words of recommendation for the compilation of Divrei Torat Harav zt”l on the Parshiyot Hashavua, authored by my dear friend Harav Avishai David Shlit”a. Awe, for the magnificent Divrei Torah recorded herein. Trepidation, for the Rav's words and ideas are words and ideas fit for a Malach Hashem, and we, his mortal students, shake with fearful emotion, lest they fall on our oftentimes deaf ears.
The Rav's Divrei Torah are both profound and inspirational. They command us to respond with a deeper faith and with a stronger commitment to Torah. May the Almighty help us to respond fully to that charge so eloquently delivered."
-Rabbi Hershel Reichman
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, Yeshiva University
"Rabbi David, a longtime student of Rabbi Soloveitchik, encapsulates his mentor's legendary lectures on all Five Books of the Torah. Join this master scholar and teacher as he explores human psychology, religious philosophy, ethical ideas and halachic concepts as they emerge from the Torah's text."