Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hirhurim in Haaretz

Comments to this post (link) are mentioned in the following article in Haaretz (link):

Soloveitchik aide stands by his revealing book
By Raphael Ahren

The author of a new controversial book last week defended his decision to publish private conversations he had with one of Modern Orthodoxy's most prominent thinkers, saying that Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik would have wanted him to publicize his statements...

Click here to read moreCritics say Rabbi Soloveitchik never would have approved the publication of unpolished, off-the-cuff statements.

"Holzer did a huge disservice to his rabbi," a reader of the popular Orthodox "Hirhurim" blog commented. "Not everything said should be published, certainly not about particular people. There were some very nasty remarks about Rav Kook, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and others."

Another user wrote: "Unless the Rav gave [Holzer] permission to publish these private conversations, I vehemently object to their publication. I understand that the family is quite upset with this book." Dr. Haym Soloveitchik, the Rav's son and a respected Yeshiva University historian, declined to comment for this article...

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