Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was one of the most important Orthodox thinkers of the 20th century. He delivered an annual lecture on repentance that was a highly anticipated event for Modern Orthodox Jews in America.

Articles by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Kaddish Initiates Aveilut

After burial Jewish law requires the mourner to turn from despair in the face of death to the affirmation of life.

Soloveitchik on Aninut

During aninut, the phase between death and burial, the despairing mourner is freed of ritual obligations.

The Akedah and Self-Sacrifice

God wants us to give of ourselves.

Personal Repentance: An Act of Purification

Each person must accomplish this individually

Elevating Sin

Acknowledging sins allows for individual purification.

The Dimensions of Repentance

The link Maimonides found between confession and repentance.

The Double Purpose of Yom Kippur

We must be cleansed from the polluting effects of sin.

The Healing Power of Confession

God is present after we sin.