Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik


(1903-1993) – Born in Pruzhany, then part of Russia. He was a renowned religious leader, talmudic scholar, author and modern Jewish philosopher. He headed the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University in New York and led the Orthodox Jewish community in Boston, MA.

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Wikipedia)
Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik
The Rav
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Official photograph from Yeshiva University
PositionRosh Yeshiva
Personal details
BornFebruary 27, 1903
Pruzhany, Grodno Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Belarus)
DiedApril 9, 1993(1993-04-09) (aged 90)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
BuriedWest Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
DenominationOrthodox Judaism
ParentsMoshe Soloveichik and Peshka Feinstein Soloveichik
SpouseTonya Lewit, Ph.D. (1904-1967)

Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (Hebrew: יוסף דב הלוי סולובייצ׳יקYosef Dov ha-Levi Soloveychik; February 27, 1903 – April 9, 1993) was a major American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist, and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a scion of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty.

As a rosh yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in New York City, The Rav (variantly spelled The Rov), as he came to be known, ordained close to 2,000 rabbis over the course of almost half a century.

He served as an advisor, guide, mentor, and role-model for tens of thousands of Jews, both as a Talmudic scholar and as a religious leader. He is regarded as a seminal figure by Modern Orthodox Judaism.

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