Arnold LustigerSep 15, 2023
Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe
Ohr Publishing 2022
Between the late 1950s through 1980, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l ("the Rav") annually delivered a two- to four-hour lecture (derashah) in Yiddish between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the Rabbinical Council of America on the topic of repentance and the Days of Awe. Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe (Ohr Publishing, 2022) contains summaries of the derashos that the Rav delivered from 1973 through 1979, and includes two additional derashos presented in 1964 and 1966.
There are also links to free on-line audios and videos of the Rav presenting many of these same teshuvah drashos in Yiddish, subtitled in English by Dr. Lustiger. With the appearance of this volume, one can read the summaries and then experience the Rav's dramatic delivery of these extraordinary discourses.
Matthew Miller is a graduate of Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah. He studied Jewish Studies and Linguistics at McGill for his BA and completed an MA in Hebrew Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. He works with Jewish organizations in media and content distribution, such as TheHabura.com and RabbiEfremGoldberg.org.