Yoel Finkelman

Dr. Yoel Finkelman teaches contemporary Jewry at Bar Ilan University.

Publications by Yoel Finkelman

Yoel Finkelman – Grassroots Haredi Activism

Religion and Public Life in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik views religion as a private affair, which occurs in the intimate relations between the I, the Thou, and the Eternal Thou. He consistently denies or de-emphasizes the public or coercive role of Judaism and halakhah. Yet Soloveitchik has trouble justifying his private religion with Jewish tradition and with the relatively expansive self-understanding of halakhah. This trouble is reflected in a number of contradictions about the nature and function of Judaism and halakhah, Read More »