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Grave of Rav Joseph Soloveitchik

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Grave of Rav Joseph Soloveitchik

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Basic Information

Location 42.293°N 71.177°W
Country United States
City West Roxbury, MS

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.29311,-71.17645


Summary

Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (February 27, 1903 – April 9, 1993) was an American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a descendant 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, similar to his uncle Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik who was called "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, though it is questionable whether he would approve of many "Modern Orthodox" halachic and philosophical positions.

As he got older he suffered several bouts of serious illness (Alzheimer's Disease preceded by Parkinson's Disease). Family members cared for his every need. He died on Hol HaMoed Pesach (18 Nisan) in 1993, at the age of 90. He was interred next to his beloved wife, Tonya Lewit Soloveitchik, in Beth El Cemetery in the Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries, West Roxbury, Massachusetts.


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