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Rabbi Simcha Soloveitchik

November 24th, 2008 · 12 Comments

Rabbi Simcha Soloveitchik

שמחה ב"ר יוסף דובער הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Mahilyow, Belarus (located along the Dnieper River)

Date of Death: Sun. November 16, 1941 - Cheshvan 26 5702

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Cemetery Details
81-14 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 718-821-1060
Fax: 718-381-1551
Contact: Todd Ivler


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Society: TIF ISR OF N Y, Section: 1, Block: T, Gate: 5, along Judah Road last section before Sinai Avenue on the left side

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: SOLOVEITCHIK, SIMCHAH

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Simcha Soloveitchik, Credit: Rabbi Shraga Soloveitchik

Photo Caption: The Rav’s father, Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, better known as the Beis Halevi (d. 1892), Credit: N/N

Bio Information:
Rav Simcha was the youngest son of the Beis Halevi.

Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: IFJCAH

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Mount Judah Cemetery - Queens · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LitFish // Dec 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    How come he doesn?t appear in any of the Brisker books?

  • 2 Brisker // Dec 29, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Ask the Briskers.

  • 3 curios // Jun 26, 2009 at 8:17 am

    he does. Harishon Lashosheles is full. by the way reb yitzchok soloveitchik from yerushalayim is his grandson.

  • 4 Azi // Jul 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I heard that during WWI, his brother Reb Chaim gave him his kisavim to hold onto for safe keeping. He later left for the US and took them with him. These Kesavim are now in the possession of his grandchildren in Israel.

    They were notes on Talmud and Zohar.

  • 5 curios // Jul 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I know that the grandchildren have notes from the Beis Halevi, some were printed recently in “Kol Brisk”, I never heard about notes from Reb Chaim.

  • 6 Azi // Jul 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    The family doesnt’t want to publish them, but I heard from one of the magedei shuir in the mir that he was able to get photocopies of R. Chaim’s on Baba Kama.

  • 7 YD Miller // Sep 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Reb Simcha was first Rav in the Brisker Shul on Allen St. and then moved to (?) where the comunity baught him a nice appartment and made other accomodations for the son of the Beis Halevi.

    I learn the above from a speech that Reb Mier Freiman delivered in honor of the acceptance of the new psotion and printed it in his sefer Nachlas Mier, Rabbi Freiman was a Talmud of the Bies Halevi.

    Unfurtunatley, he does not mention the place where Reb Simcha went to.

    See here:

    Reb Simcha was the Rav Hamachshir of the famous Horowitz-Margareten Matzohs

  • 8 YD Miller // Mar 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  • 9 weberman nachum // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    לידעתי הרב הגאון ר’ שמחה זצ:ל היה רב אח”כ בקליימער סט, בווילימסבורג

    Someone pleasec onfirm.

    נחום וועבערמאן לאנדאן יצ”ו

  • 10 ravfan // Nov 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    AJC Yearbook “SOLOVEITCHIK, SIMCHAH, rabbi, nationally famous Talmudic scholar; b.
    Brest-Litovsk, 1881; came to U. S., 1924; formerly chief rabbi of Mogilev,
    Russia; rabbi of Brisker Synagogue, New York, and Tifereth Israel Synagogue,
    Brooklyn; d. Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1941”

  • 11 Ephraim // Nov 30, 2018 at 4:01 am

    I recall seeing in the NYTimes, that Rav Simcha gave the הספד for the חפץ חיים at the Clymer St Shul (which no longer exists, they barely had a minyan in the 1990s) in 1933.

    In 2018, a 900+ page (שמחה לארצך) volume of his writingד was published- mostly photocopies of manuscripts.

    He was Rav Chaim’s half-brother. It was Rav Chaim who founded the Brisker method in learning; did Rav Simcha also use the Brisker derech?

  • 12 YD Miller // Nov 30, 2018 at 11:20 am

    The “Clymer Street Shul” mentioned above where Reb Simcha served as Rabbi – Photo from 1940:

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