Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik
1917-2001

The youngest of five children, Soloveichik was born to Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik in Khislavichi, Russia, at which time his father was the rabbi of that town. The late Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik was his older brother. [1][dead link] His family first moved to Poland in 1920, and then immigrated to the United States in 1930. After he graduated from Yeshiva College and received his Semicha (Rabbinic ordination), he went to law school at New York University (NYU) and graduated with a law degree in 1946. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at yeshivas in New York.

Rabbi Soloveichik’s first teaching position was in Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem then headed by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. Shortly thereafter Soloveichik was appointed by Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner to give the highest daily lecture in Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin. Soloveichik’s final position in New York was at Yeshiva University, where he instituted a popular weekly hashkafa class in addition to giving one of the advanced daily Talmud classes. It was during this time that Soloveichik was honored as Lecturer of the Year at YU, the first Rabbi to be so honored.

In 1966, he came to Chicago to head the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. After differing with the administration there on certain key issues, he left this post in 1974 and began his own Yeshiva as the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Brisk (Brisk Rabbinical College) in Chicago, an American incarnation of the Brisk yeshivas and methods.

Soloveichik taught Torah for 58 years, the last 34 of which were in Chicago. He was known for being a humble, kind man yet one with an iron will and unquestionable integrity. Although the stroke he suffered in 1983 left him partially paralyzed, in nearly-constant pain and often in need of a wheelchair, he continued his duties at Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago and flew to New York every week to deliver a Talmudic lecture at Yeshiva University (a position he accepted after his older brother became ill and was unable to continue lecturing).

His wife Ella was a writer and teacher. The couple raised six children all of whom are rabbis or women married to Rabbis: Moshe Soloveitchik of Chicago,USA, Eliyahu Soloveichik of New York,USA, Yosef Soloveitchik and Chaim Soloveichik of Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, Rochel Leah Marcus of Toronto, Canada, and Tovah Segal of Newton, Massachusetts, USA.

He was buried beside his wife Rabanit Ella Soloveichik and near his grandson Yisroel Yosef Soloveichik on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. His grandchildren include Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

His Works include Logic of the Heart, Logic of the Mind and The Warmth and the Light. One of the ideas he wrote about is the idea that women are spiritually superior to men. [2] He was opposed to the Vietnam War and the Oslo Accords[citation needed]. Other works in Hebrew include commentaries on the works of Maimonides (Parach Mateh Aharon) and the laws of mourning (Od Yisrael Yosef Beni Chai) which was dedicated in memor


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