Yeshivah world, he was one of the most influential figures of the
last half century: thinker, builder, educator, expositor,
brilliant and eloquent interpreter of the Maharal and other
classic works of Jewish thought. Member of the Vilna Beis Din,
Rabbi and teacher in London, founder and guiding light of the
Gateshead Kollel and the famous Gateshead Seminary, Mashgiach of
Ponevezh -- how could a man fit so much achievement into one
abbreviated life? But he did do it -- and for that we are all in
Rabbi Dessler virtually invented the vocabulary and the thought
processes that have evolved into the intellectual teshuvah
movement. More than anyone else, he defined eternal concepts in
the terms of 20th century discourse, and he blended many trends of
Torah thought into a tapestry that sets the pattern for thinkers
and teachers everywhere.
Great as he was as a thinker and teacher, he was just as great as
a person. He was the quintessential baal mussar, with a character
as fine as silk and a radar-like sensitivity to the feelings of
others. A great man and a fascinating life.
In this masterpiece, Yonoson Rosenblum shows again why he is
acclaimed as one of the Jewish community’s premier writers.
Well-researched, beautifully written, profoundly insightful --
this book will open eyes, minds, and hearts. It shines a brilliant
light on a pivotal era and one of its greatest figures.