Rabbi Lookstein named the "Top Orthodox Rabbi in America" by Newsweek Magazine.
During a career of more than half a century on American Jewry s front lines, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein has distinguished himself as the dynamic leader of one of America s most important synagogues, New York City's Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, the influential principal of Ramaz, one of the premier yeshiva day schools in the Jewish community, a passionate voice for moderation and tolerance in the Jewish world, and a tireless activist for the liberation of Soviet Jewry from its oppressors and the defense of Israel from its detractors.
Rav Chesed is the first biographical study of this unique rabbi, educator, and leader who has devoted his life to the principle of doing chesed, acts of lovingkindness, for those near and far. Expertly weaving together interviews and rare historical documents from the earliest days of Rabbi Lookstein s career, historian Rafael Medoff places the Lookstein story in the context of the forces and trends that have shaped the ever-changing American Jewish community since the 1930s. This is the story of a man and his times--an extraordinary man whose vision, commitment, and deeds have helped shape our times in so many ways.