The Lonely Man of Faith

Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Author Doubleday Books $16 (112p) ISBN 978-0-385-42262-8
Fusing the existential acuity of Kierkegaard with the wisdom of the Old Testament, Boston Orthodox rabbi Soloveitchik has produced a timeless spiritual guide for men and women of all religions. In this soaring, eloquent essay, first published in Tradition magazine in 1965, ``The Rav,'' as he is known to his followers worldwide, investigates the essential aloneness of the person of faith, whom he deems a misfit in our narcissistic, technologically oriented, utilitarian society. Using the story of Adam and Eve as a springboard, Soloveitchik explains prayer as ``the harbinger of moral reformation'' and probes the despair and exasperation of individuals who seek to redeem existence through direct knowledge of a God who seems remote and unapproachable. Although the faithful may become members of a ``convenantal community,'' their true home, he writes, is ``the abode of loneliness'' as they shuttle between the transcendent and the mundane. Sudden shafts of illumination confront the reader at every turn in this inspirational personal testament. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
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