We know about a lot of dynasties. There's the Qing, the Justinian, and even the Carringtons. One that is not so well-known however, outside of Jewish circles, is the Soloveitchik. A dynasty of rabbinical scholars and students stretching back a few hundred years, they have left their mark on Judaism around the world. One of the most famous Rabbis was Rav Joseph Soloveitchik.
Now Ethan Isenberg, a new director from
, has made a documentary about the controversial Rabbi -- Lonely Man of Faith: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. The film had its sold-out world premiere on Thursday when it screened at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Soloveitchik was a Rabbi known for his controversy on both sides of the fence. To some, he was a man too entrenched in the
. To others, he was too interested in the
and modernization. Although he died in 1993, his life still inspires passionate and varied discourse.
Isenberg's motivations came from a desire to relay the world of Judaism beyond Fiddlers and the Holocaust, and I am ready to see it. While I think that many of us can list aspects of
tianity without being a follower, Judaism has remained the shadow behind ever-present stereotypical figures. I'm hoping the film is full of insight, and doesn't succumb to the vague, surface, photo-album blandness present in other docs like Yokohama Mary.
If any of you were present at the screening, please comment and share your thoughts! If you haven't, feel free to share other films that shed light into the Jewish shadow.