Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and Bruce Springsteen on Freedom and Dignity, Responsibility and Renewal.
The preeminent intellectual of late 20th century Jewish religious life and the leading rock star over the past several decades— an Orthodox rabbi and a self-described “New Jersey shore rat”—ought to have little in common.
After all, Soloveitchik was an erudite and fierce teacher of Talmud, while Springsteen famously sings, “I learned more from a three-minute record than I ever learned in school” (by all accounts, no exaggeration).
Surprisingly, these two remarkable teachers share a depth of thought about the human quest for dignity and freedom— and the related requirement of human responsibility.
They never met, obviously, but they will when we encounter each this coming Spring.