Chaim Soloveitchik

Rabbi, Deceased Person

1853 – 1918

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Who was Chaim Soloveitchik?

Chaim Soloveitchik, also known as Reb Chaim Brisker, was a rabbi and Talmudic scholar credited as the founder of the popular Brisker approach to Talmudic study within Judaism. He was born in Volozhin in 1853, where his father, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik served as a lecturer in the famous Volozhiner Yeshiva. After a few years, his father was appointed as a Rav in Slutzk, where young Chaim was first educated. While still a youngster, his genius and lightning-quick grasp were widely recognized. Eventually, following many years as a senior lecturer in the renowned Volozhiner Yeshiva, he accepted a position as Rav of Brest, Belarus, then in Imperial Russia, now in Belarus. A member of the Soloveitchik-family rabbinical dynasty, he is commonly known as Reb Chaim Brisker.

He is considered the founder of the "Brisker method", a method of highly exacting and analytical Talmudical study that focuses on precise definition/s and categorization/s of Jewish law as commanded in the Torah with particular emphasis on the legal writings of Maimonides.

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1853
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Jul 30, 1918

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on July 23, 2013

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