Soloveitchik, Joseph Ber

Soloveitchik, Joseph Ber

(1903–93) rabbi, scholar; born in Pruzhany, Poland (now Belarus). He came from a family of Talmud scholars and was educated in Berlin. He came to the U.S.A. in 1932 and became rabbi of Boston's Orthodox community. In 1941 he joined the faculty of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, affiliated with Yeshiva University in New York. He was chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America's Halakha Commission. Although he published little, he was internationally known as an Orthodox authority and Talmudic scholar.
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