This article offers a detailed description of R. Hayyim Soloveitchik’s commentary on the Talmudic discussions about the requirement for proper intention when making Jewish ritual objects, i.e., Sefer Torah, Mezuzah, etc., and a comparison to the academic commentary on that issue. It describes the relationship between the two genres of commentary, academic and rabbinic, and illustrates the differences and similarities between the commentaries of these two parallel interpretive communities. In this way, the paper sheds new light on the character of R. Hayyim as a Talmudic commentator.
BrownThe Hazon Ish p. 320; see also the literary citations ibid. nn. 39–41. On R. Hayyim and his circle’s influence on Halakhah see M. Willing “The Brisker Derekh and Pesak Halakhah” in The Conceptual Approach to Jewish Learning (New York 2006) pp. 115–129.
Brown, The Hazon Ish, p. 320; see also the literary citations ibid., nn. 39–41. On R. Hayyim and his circle’s influence on Halakhah, see M. Willing, “The Brisker Derekh and Pesak Halakhah,” in The Conceptual Approach to Jewish Learning (New York, 2006), pp. 115–129.)| false