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This book is a literary and philosophical analysis of the essay Halakhic Man by Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik. The literary analysis focuses on a feature that is immediately evident to the essay's readers: its form involves deliberate contrasts and contradictions, together with a complex and at times convoluted writing style. The period in R. Soloveitchik's thinking discussed in the book covers the years 1931-1944. R. Soloveitchik introduces Halakhic Man as a composite of cognitive man (ish hadaat) and homo religious (ish ha-dat). After a brief description of cognitive man, R. Soloveitchik defines homo religious and dwells at length on his characteristics. He focuses on the character and on the spiritual and social implications that follow directly from the extreme idealist structure of halakhic cognition. The analysis of Halakhic Man sheds light on the sharp criticism that R. Soloveitchik levels at Jewish mysticism from its inception until Hasidism.

Keywords: cognitive man; Halakhic Man; homo religious; Jewish mysticism; Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik



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