Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Jewish Observer Obituary for Rav Soloveitchik

On The Main Line has scanned in the 1993 obituary in The Jewish Observer for R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik. You might read it and wonder why people found this offensive. But anyone who regularly reads the magazine and is familiar with the lavish praise they heap on anyone can only see this as a slap in the face. Notice the big "zikhrono livrakhah" (may his memory be for a blessing) rather than the standard "zekher tzaddik livrakhah" (may the memory of the righteous be for a blessing). Given how freely the magazine gives out zt"l's, the omission is glaring. There are also a number of not-so-subtle digs at him and his philosophy in the obituary.

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