Yeshiva University and OU Press Celebrate Completion of Soloveitchik Chumash
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Yeshiva University and OU Press Celebrate Completion of Soloveitchik Chumash

On October 14

October 8, 2018, New York, NY—Yeshiva University and the Orthodox Union will co-host “Remembering the Rav — Celebrating the Completion of Chumash Mesoras HaRav: The Neuwirth Edition” on Sunday, October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Yeshiva University’s Weissberg Commons. The program is free of charge and open to men and women. Part of YU’s Kollel Yom Rishon series, this special event marks the publication of the commentary on Chumash based upon the teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known to all as “the Rav”) and will include presentations from some of the Rav’s most illustrious students. To register, go to

The program, led by Rabbi Simon Posner, Executive Editor of OU Press, will feature several prominent speakers, including a keynote address from Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University. Other speakers include Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Senior Posek at OU Kosher; Rabbi Mayer Twersky, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS; Dr. Arnold Lustiger, the editor of Chumash Mesorsas HaRav; Rabbi Menachem Genack, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, CEO of OU Kosher and General Editor of OU Press; and Rabbi Julius Berman, chairman of the OU Press Commission and a trustee of Yeshiva University.

The Chumash Mesoras HaRav, published by OU Press, has been a multi-year project to make Rabbi Soloveitchik’s commentary on the Torah readily accessible to readers. Compiled and edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, the project draws upon material from dozens of published sources in Hebrew, English and Yiddish, as well as many previously unpublished lectures and tapes of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s shiurim.

This material is presented in concise English, often in the Rav’s own language, as a running commentary alongside the Chumash text. The Chumash Mesoras HaRav presents the Rav’s philosophical insights, homiletic interpretations and Talmudic analysis in a form that transforms them from a diverse array of sources into a timeless commentary.

Rabbi Posner says that “the completion of the Chumash Mesoras HaRav project is a pioneering event in Jewish publishing and will serve to further disseminate the Rav’s Torah. The upcoming event at Yeshiva University provides us the opportunity to give kavod to the Rav and pay public tribute to his memory.”

About Yeshiva University

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University is the world’s premier Jewish institution for higher education. It educates students to be both deeply rooted and forward focused, endowing them with a sense of grand purpose and providing them with the tools and lifelong support to find great success in tomorrow’s marketplace. YU’s three undergraduate schools – Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish and general studies. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, The Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic institutions.

About the Orthodox Union

Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Birthright Israel/Israel Free Spirit, Yachad and the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs. For more information, visit

OU PRESS publishes quality works of Jewish scholarship, including such commentaries on the Torah as the Chumash Mesoras HaRav, Rabbi Norman Lamm’s Derashot LeDorot, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s Unlocking the Torah Text, and Rabbi Ari Kahn’s Echoes of Eden series.

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