Families on Hanukkah gather together and celebrate around dreidels, chocolate coins, and presents. Yet the holiday’s most profound meaning is in its core symbol and ritual: the lighting of the menorah. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik takes us through Hanukkah’s two pivotal historical stages, the age of the Temple and the age of Diaspora, teaching us about the triumph of monotheism and Judaism, and the lessons Hanukkah’s miracles hold for anyone who cares about Jewish survival.
Seraphic Secret is afraid that the opening invocation for the Republican National Convention has not been widely circulated or understood.
But this was an important and historic moment for American Judaism and for the Republican party.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is from one of the most respected and loved rabbinic dynasties. Soloveichik’s great-uncle, and the father of Modern Orthodoxy in America, was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, my father’s rebbe. (The surname is spelled differently by various branches of the family.)
Meir Soloveichik is one of the front-runners for the position of Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, to replace Rabbi Lord Sacks when he retires.
Seraphic Secret met and chatted with Rabbi Soloveichik a few weeks ago when we attended a lecture he delivered at the Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. I told him how much I admired his articles for The Weekly Standard, and how much I appreciated his conservative advocacy. Rabbi Soloveichik was delighted to meet another Orthodox, um, conservative.