God’s loving providence has always brought our people the thinkers they needed as times changed. Rav Shalom Noach Berezovsky, the Slonimer Rebbe, brought a rare combination of gifts to his landmark work, the Netivot Shalom.
Blending the warmth of the Hassidic approach with the sharp clarity of the Lithuanian yeshiva, the Slonimer Rebbe responded to new intellectual challenges and offered words that were a source of inspiration and solace to the Jewish people.
This volume grows out of a conviction that Netivot Shalom will be appreciated as one of the most influential works of this generation. The Slonimer Rebbe did not shy away from addressing the faults and failures he found in the community – even major ones. With absolute honesty, he speaks again and again about doubt, spiritual estrangement, wrestling with base desires and temptations, and serial failure. For each challenge of modern life, the Rebbe offers both prescriptions and encouragement. Through his teachings on the holidays andavodat Hashem, the service of God, the Netivot Shalom not only offers sparkling insights on the meaning of time and history, but also enables us to flourish and grow amidst the challenges of a new era.