Monday, March 24, 2014

The Voice of Rav Soloveitchik: The Beauty of Arousing a Child's Curiosity

There is nothing quite like listening to a shiur of Rav Soloveitchik.  There is something quite extraordinary about the fact that we can still hear his words, in his own voice.  There's really no comparison between hearing him and reading him.  Thomas Edison did something quite remarkable for the Jewish community.  And yet, I can only imagine what it must have been like to sit in front of the Rav.

I am currently listening to his shiurim on Pesach.  I wanted to share one quote that I thought was just too beautiful to keep to myself.  I tried to transcribe his words as accurately as possible.  There were a few words in the second paragraph that I was not able to hear clearly. 

The first night of Pesach we try to stimulate the curiosity of the child--we try to make him inquisitive--because the story of Mitzrayim is the story of the long search on the part of many generations for God, who finally finds us and comes close to us.
And we want the child to join!  To join, this night, the mesorah community. And how can the child join if not by asking questions during the seder!?
To arouse the naive curiosity of a child is like making the child a God searcher.  What is more beautiful than that? (Yetzias Mitzrayim, Jewish Destiny, Boston, http://bcbmmedia.cloudapp.net/Media/RavSoloveitchik/Moadim/Yetzias_Mitzrayim_Jewish_Destiny_Boston_r.mp3, starting at 53:00)

I would recommend listening to it in his own voice. 

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