Distinguished Lineage

Family Tree (from, scroll to Heritage section)

Burial Place of Rav Chaim Volozhiner, the Rav's Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather (from Yeshiva Ahavas Torah Baranovich, Jerusalem)

Volozhin Yeshiva (from

Rav Naftali Tzvi Berlin, the Netzvi, the Rav's great, great grandfather

Rav Yoseph Dov Soloveitchik  (Beis HaLevi), the Rav's paternal great grandfather

Rav Chaim Soloveitchik, the Rav's paternal grandfather

Rabbi Eliyahu Feinstein, the Rav's maternal grandfather

Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, the Rav's Father

The Brisker Rav, the Rav's uncle


The Rav had four siblings: Samuel (1909-1967), Shulamith (Meiselman, 1912-2009), Anne Chana (Gerber, 1915-2012), and Ahron (1917-2001).

Dr. Shmuel Soloveitchik

"But some of these informal educational experiences even took place during class. My most vivid recollection was during my freshmen chemistry class. We had the privilege of having the famous Dr. Samuel Soloveichik as our professor; we fondly called the Rav's brother "Solly" when we were not in class. Dr. Soloveichik was quite nervous and I can still picture the chemistry room on the fourth floor of the original main building. On occasion he ran experiments in the class and all those in the first row had a tendency to move their desks towards the rear as he lifted the beaker of Hydrochloric Acid to pour into another substance. But the incident which always comes to my mind was not a laboratory mishap. It was the middle of the winter and our chemistry class took place between 5 and 6 pm. In the midst of one class, Dr. Soloveichik stopped and asked us to excuse him for a few minutes. He proceeded to a corner of the room when we realized he was davening Maariv. When he finished, he opened a thermos and poured himself a cup of coffee. He explained he had been observing Yahrzeit that day, and, in the true Lithuanian custom, he had fasted. He did not want to miss the class, but he needed the drink to finish the lecture. To me this was the living embodiment of Torah u-Madda." From Out of Town to Yeshiva College, Stanley Raskas, YUCommentator, 2/15/05.

Shulamith Meiselman 
"For most of her adult life, Mrs. Meiselman worked “tirelessly on behalf of Jewish education,’’ teaching and helping in the establishment of other Jewish schools around the country, said her granddaughter, Orit Kent of Newton. “She was a passionate advocate for Jewish education and a leading contributor to the foundation and development’’ of the Maimonides School, Kent said. She became an active participant at the school, chairing its PTA, its ladies auxiliary, and its school committee. “My grandmother was someone who was ahead of her time,’’ Kent said. “She learned from her parents that her role in life was not only to be committed to family, but also to be involved in her community, to help build its institutions, to be a teacher of her heritage, and a citizen of a larger world.’’ Kent recalled her grandmother telling her that getting support for the Maimonides School was not always easy and of having “doors slammed in her face.’’ “But, to her, nothing was impossible,’’ Kent said. The school was unique for Orthodox Judaism, combining Jewish and secular, and coeducational classes, Kent said. Aaron Feuerstein of Brookline, retired founder and president of Malden Mills, said Mrs. Meiselman “had great compassion for people and a big network of friends.’’ “Hers was a major contribution to the school,’’ which his father helped found, said Feuerstein." Gloria Negri, Boston Globe, July 30, 2009

Obituary in the Boston Globe

Mrs. Meiselman authored the book The Soloveitchik Heritage.

Anne Chana Gerber (1915-2011)

Mrs. Gerber is interviewed in the documentary Lonely Man of Faith.
Wife of Edward S. (Shimon) Gerber
Birthdate: February 26, 1915
Birthplace: Poland
Death: December 06, 2011 (96) 
Place of Burial: West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States

Rav Ahron Soloveichik
Head of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie from 1966 until 1974
Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago

Video of Rav Ahron Lecturing About Hebron

Audio from  3,127 articles and recordings

Bava Metzia 36

Bava Metzia 34 - 37a

Bava Metzia 31

קדושת א"י ושם א"י

hilchos chosen mishpat 83 Part 2

Parshas Hachodesh, parshas tazria

Settling Eretz Yisrael and Milchemet Mitzvah in Contemprary Times

Hilkhot Pesach

Bava Basra 48b

The Census of Bamidbar

Bava Basra: Yehareg V'al Yaavor

Bava Metzia 23 - 12b (Mishna)

Bava Metzia 20 - Rav Papa Amar

Bava Metzia 14 - 7b

Bio in Jewish Virtual Library

My Grandfather, Rav Ahron  , Jewish Action

"My grandfather’s strength was matched only by his love—for his family, for teaching, for life itself. These two parts of him were two sides of the same coin. We often imagine intellectual giants as stoic, unemotional figures. We view them from a distance—we admire them, but we cannot relate to them. My grandfather was nothing like that."

Obituary in JNF News, Brigitte Dayan
"Once, when Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik was a young man living in New York, he was waiting for the subway when a woman pushed him and herself into the tracks. A train was approaching, and he struggled to get not only himself out of harm's way, but her as well. So taken with his kindness was a nearby priest that he asked Rabbi Soloveichik to bless him on the spot.

"Such concern for all human beings and for morality in everyday life marked the life of Chicago's rabbinic statesman and member of one of Jewry's most renowned rabbinic dynasties." continue


Logic of the heart, logic of the mind: Wisdom and reflections on topics of our times

The Warmth and the Light

HaDarom, No. 22, Tisrei 5726 (Oct. 1955): בענין קידוש החודש
HaDarom, No. 23, Nissan 5726 (April 1956): דין שימור במצות מצוה
Bais Yitzchak, 1987:

Parach Mateh Aharon
Od Yisrael Yosef Beni Chai

From Wikipedia:

"Rabbi Soloveichik's first teaching position was in Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem then headed by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, from whom he received his Semicha (Rabbinic Ordination). 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."

"Soloveichik taught Torah for 58 years, the last 34 of which were in Chicago. He was well known for being a humble, kind man yet one with an iron will and unquestionable integrity. He was so well respected in the city of Chicago, that although he was the lone opinion against building an eiruv, (a halakhic boundary allowing carrying on Shabbos) they put off putting it up out of respect for him."


The Rav had three children: Atarah (Twersk, 1933-2023), Haym, and Tovah (Lichtenstein)

Dr. Haym Soloveitchik, the Rav's Son (from Hauser Global Law Program)

 (Photo courtesy of Yeshiva University)

"Haym was one of a circle of brilliant minds that gathered round the Herzogs (I was only admitted through my late father’s connection with the Herzog family). He was beginning a career in academic life and I was drawn to him not just for his intellect, but also his strong sense of honesty, morality and indeed his eccentricity, for want of a better word. This incidentally is a quality much valued in British intellectual circles and one I find sadly lacking in too many nowadays. He was one of the reasons I decided against an academic career, because I realized I just did not have his qualities of memory, analysis, perseverance, appreciation of detail and, frankly, intellectual fearlessness. I was not cut out for the ivory tower. I have followed his career over the years and occasionally bumped into him in Jerusalem when our visits coincided, but alas I was drawn too deeply into my more pastoral, interpersonal activities to have had as much contact as I would have loved....

..The review reflects the genius and the courage of the man, his detailed knowledge of the vast subject of rabbinic scholarship, his penetrating analysis of the subject, his withering rebuttal, and his refusal to water down or compromise his firmly held position. I have not enjoyed such an honest piece of writing in a very long time and it made me appreciate once again what a remarkable man he is. We are swamped nowadays with exaggerations, overloaded with excessive praise of people for being “brilliant scholars, philosophers, experts and writers” when they are rarely, in reality, anything of the sort. Compliments and praise can be bought or you can pay a public relations person or website to do it for you. It is therefore all the more refreshing to read someone who is unafraid to tell the truth and willing to point out that the emperor has no clothes. Long may he continue to live, write, and represent the most noble of qualities. If only Judaism had more like him."

Jeremy Rosen, "Haym Soloveitchik’s Demolition of Talya Fishman’s Thesis,"

Some writings by Dr. Soloveitchik:
"Rupture and Reconstruction"

Clarifications and Reply [Reply to Chavel's On Haym Soloveitchik's "Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Contemporary Orthodox Society": A Response] (Torah U'Maddah Journal, Volume 7, January 1, 1997 in

The Jewish Wine Trade And The Origin Of Jewish Moneylending: Principles And Pressures
Published by Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, ISBN: 9781904113249

Collected Essays, Volumes I and II

"Pietists and Kibbitzers," Jewish Quarterly Review - Volume 96, Number 1, Winter 2006, pp. 60-64

Interview with Professor Haym Soloveitchik by Rabbi Yair Hoffman - The Yeshiva World

Atarah and Tova,  both wives of prominent scholars, raised a bevy of Torah observant children and grandchildren, numerous scholars among them. They also are respectively the chairperson and president of the Toras HaRav Foundation. Atarah was for many years a lead administrator at the Maimonides School.

Multiple Faces of the Rav, Mrs. Atara Twersky, the Rav's Daughter, YU 20th Yarzheit
Notice of her passing

Tova Lichtenstein Speaking at Book Launch for Aaron Rakeffet
(starts at 6 minute mark)



Isadore Twersky, The Talner Rav
Chairman of Jewish Studies at Harvard University

Maimonides Reader by Isadore Twersky (Editor)

Studies in Memory of Isadore Twersky
Introduction to the Code of Maimonides(Mishneh Torah) (Yale Judaica Series)
EDITED BY JAY M. HARRIS, Harvard University Press

"Professor Isadore Twersky was one of the giants of the field of Jewish Studies. Among his many accomplishments was the supervision of over thirty-five dissertations in Jewish Studies, ranging chronologically from the tenth century to the twentieth, and geographically from the Middle East to the Mediterranean world and on to northern Europe, east and west. In this memorial volume, many of his students pay homage to their late teacher in the only way he would have appreciated: they have produced a collection of essays that show his and their remarkable range of interests and talents. The result is an important collection of original scholarship on a wide range of topics in Jewish Studies." (From the publisher's site)

Rabad of Posquieres: A Twelfth-Century Talmudist

"Professor Yitzhak Twersky - The Talner Rebbe z"l: A Brief Biography," published in The Torah U-Madda Journal, vol. 8 (1998-1999)

"A Bibliography of the Works of Professor Isadore Twersky" by Carmi Horowitz appears in Me'ah She'arim: Studies in Medieval Jewish Spiritual Life in Memory of Isadore Twersky, ed. Ezra Fleischer et al. (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2001)Tzedakah: 

 "Some Aspects of the Jewish Attitude Toward the Welfare State" in Tradition 5 (1963)

"On Law and Ethics in the Mishneh Torah: A Case Study of Hilkhot Megillah II:17," in Tradition 24:2 (1989), in which Twersky discusses the application of Maimonides' conception of halakhah to the mitzvahof matanot la-evyonim, Purim gifts to the poor, also includes some methodological comments relating to his mode of interpreting Maimonides.

Generations of Tchernobil-Talne:
Rabbi Nochum Twersky, the Maggid of Tchernobil (1730-1798) Rabbi Mordechai Twersky
Rabbi David Twersky, the Rebbe of Talne (1808 - d. 10 Iyyar, 5642-1882)
Rabbi Nochum Twersky Rabbi Meshulem Zushe Twersky (d. 1972)
Rabbi Yitzhak Twersky (1930 - d. 11 Tishrei, 5758-1997)

The first Rabbe of Talne, the world-renowned R. Dovid'l (1808-1882), was one of the eight sons of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, who was the only son of Rabbi Nochum Twersky - the maggid of Tchernobil, disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and towering figure in the galaxy of chasidic masters gathered around the Baal Shem Tov's successor, the Maggid of Mezrich.

Rabbi Nochum (son of Rabbi Mordechai who passed away during his father's lifetime) became the spiritual head of Talner Chasidism in 1882. Upon his passing at a young age, his son, Rabbi Meshulem Z. Twersky was named the Talne Rebbe. He was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Yitzhak Twersky (1930-1997). (Source:

Aaron Lichtenstein
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion

Yeshivat Har Etzion

By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God

Leaves of Faith, Vol 1

Leaves of Faith, Vol. 2

Developing a Torah Personality, (, Based on addresses by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein, Adapted by Rav Reuven Ziegler

To Cultivate and to Guard: The Universal Duties of Mankind
Mitzva: A Life of Command
Make Your Torah Permanent: The Centrality of Torah Study
Determining Objectives in Religious Growth: Spiritual Specialization or Spiritual Breadth
Being Frum and Being Good: On the Relationship Between Religion and Morality
Bittachon: Trust in God
I Am with Him in Distress: The Challenges of the Holocaust
If You Remain Silent at this Time: Concern for the Jewish People
Teshuva: Repentance and Return
A Pure Heart: Refining Character and Balancing Values
Centrist Orthodoxy: A Spiritual Accounting

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