Wednesday, January 31

The Rav and HaRav

In the summer of 1935, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik visited Eretz Yisrael for the first and only time, as a candidate for the position of Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. During that trip, the Rav met with “Ha- Rav” -- Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Rav Avraham Yitzhak ha-Kohen Kook, who was in the final stages of his last illness (he died on September 1 of that year). Rav Kook was reported to have said that “the experience of speaking with the young Rabbi Soloveitchik reminded him of his earliest years when he was a student” attending shiurim of Reb Hayyim Brisker at the Volozhin yeshiva, and he maintained “that the power of genius of the grandfather now resides with the grandson.”
More on the only meeting of the two most prominent ba’alei mahshava of the twentieth century here.

The new issue of Tradition is online for subscribers (features symposium on was and the Jewish tradition). The previous issue is available to all online here.

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