Marc B. Shapiro
Rabbi Nathan Kamenetsky spent years on an odd, brilliant biography of his father. The book was banned, and one leading haredi rosh yeshiva said he had forfeited his share in the world to come. Now it is an underground classic that costs $2,503 on Amazon.
After he visited the odd talmudic genius, Bialik said that “two Einsteins can be carved out of one Rogochover.”
Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, one of the towering figures of the rabbinical establishment, found deep lessons about faith in the writings of the Nietzschean heretic Micha Josef Berdyczewski.
Does the most accurate biblical text belong in the synagogue, or in a museum?