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Summing Up Halakhic Man In The Context Of Its Times

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This chapter offers an interpretation of Halakhic Man's key ideas through a detailed analysis of the essay Halakhic Man and against the background of Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik's early writings. A series of conclusions concerning the unity of R. Soloveitchik's writings in light of the sequential interpretation of Halakhic Man is discussed. R. Soloveitchik's early writings are intertwined and mutually complementary. The tradition of halakhic men refuses to acknowledge the given as a solid concept, viewing it instead as a system of continuously evolving intra-cognitive objects. The true meaning of Halakhah in Halakhic Man, as noted, is what R. Soloveitchik calls "theoretical Halakhah", namely, the Brisk method of study founded in the Lithuanian yeshivot, and applied to this day in the yeshivot that followed in this path. The description of the personality and the cognition of Halakhic Man is crucial to the understanding of R. Soloveitchik's thought.

Keywords: Halakhic Man; Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik



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