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Rabbi Yisroel Soloveitchik

March 24th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Rabbi Yisroel Soloveitchik

ישראל ב"ר אברהם ברוך הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Smolensk, Russia

Date of Death: Tue. June 19, 1951 - Sivan 15 5711

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Cemetery Details

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, Judah Road last section before Sinai Avenue on the left side. (See map below)

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: SOLOWLITZIK, ISRAEL

Biographical Notes:

Bio Information:
Rav Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisker (d. 1918) was the Rav’s uncle.

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

Photo Caption: Rav Chaim Brisker, Credit: N/N

Photo Caption: Kever of Rav Chaim Volozhiner (d. 1821), Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History


Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Yisroel Soloveitchik

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shalom Berger // Mar 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Does anyone know who this is?

  • 2 HirshelTzig // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:21 am

    He was a nephew of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk (Brest-Litovsk)

  • 3 Shalom Berger // Nov 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    That?s pretty clear from the tombstone. His father was Rav Chaim’s older brother. Do you know anything else?

  • 4 Miller // Dec 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Karlinsky’s works “Horishon L’shosheles Brisk” does not include bigraphical information on R Avrohom Baruch?

  • 5 curios // Jun 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Reb Avrohom Baruch was as mentioned Reb Chaim’s older brother, married someone from babroisk, and was a rav in smolensk. He died in 1913. I was searching desperately for information on his descendants, this is great news!! Thanks! Can anyone track down the family of this Reb Yisroel and post here more info?

  • 6 Brisker // Jun 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    According to Rav Simcha Soloveitchik (of BP) Rav Yisroel was the Rav in Smolensk after his father passed away. Many years ago he was in contact with some of his descendants but has since lost contact.
    On aside note:
    There is a Soloveitchik family from South Africa which has many “Yisroels” in the family, (they put out the safer ginzay hgrac”h) I wonder if it is the same family.

  • 7 curios // Jul 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Reb Yisroel himself lived in South Africa, and was visiting America when he passed away. But I have received some information that Reb Yisroel did not have any children. do you have any more leads? Maybe you can ask Reb Simcha? Thanks!

  • 8 Azi // Jul 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

    There are seven Soloveitchiks buried in this section of Mt. Judah:

    Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
    Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik
    Pesha Soloveitchik
    (These past two must be Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Bostons parents)
    Rose Soloveitchik
    Samuel Soloveitchik
    (Probably the Rav’s older brother)
    Simcha Soloveitchik

  • 9 Azi // Jul 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

    There is also a Haim Soloveitchik buried in Mt Carmel who died in 1929.

    In Mt. Hebron:

    Gershon Soloveitchik, died 1917
    Yaacov Soloveitchik
    Nathan Soloveitchik, died 1912

    In Riverside Cemetery:
    Leon Soloveychik, died 2006

    Other Soloveitchik in Mt Judah:

    Sarah Soloveitchik, died 1919
    Beila Soloveitchik, died 1959

  • 10 curios // Jul 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the information. Actually, the name Soloveitchik was a pretty common name in Russia. So I don’t know if all those soloveichiks you mentioned are related to the brisker family. The first seven are: R’ Moshe and Pesha the Rav J. B.’s parents, Shmuel Yaakov, his brother (did not have children), R’ Simcha, the youngest son of the Beis Halevi. I don’t know about Rose, but I’m sure she’s also connected, maybe Shmuel’s wife. The chelka is called ‘Brisker chelka’.

  • 11 batsheva // Aug 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I met someone named Zamir who said his last name used to be solovetichik before his grandfather made aliya in the 1930s, his name was shlomo solovetichik. anyone know if he is related? apparently he was an only child and not frum

  • 12 avremele // Aug 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    The Bais Halevi’s father was also Soloveitchik.

    It’s only the Brisker Rov’s family who don’t recognize non-eineklach of R’ Chaim.

  • 13 azi // Aug 31, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    The name Solovetchik in that family goes back more generations than just the Beis Halevi’s father.

    And what in the world does “It’s only the Brisker Rov’s family who don’t recognize non-eineklach of R’ Chaim” mean? If they are a member of a family then those are the facts. Maybe what you meant to write was that they ignore people who aren’t like them.

  • 14 J_man // Aug 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    On google books I found a mention of a communication better Mrs. “Rose Soloveitchik” and Rabbi Nathan Baruch” on February 25, 1947 in Battling for souls: the Vaad Hatzala rescue committee in post-Holocaust Europe. There is a reference to a Mrs Rose Soloveitchik as the Principal of a Beis Yaakov in Monsey in 1988/1989. Might not be the same person.

  • 15 curios // Sep 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    She is probably the famous Rebbetzin Soloveitcuik from Spring Valley, wife of R’ Y. B. Soloveitchik son of R’ Simcha (mentioned above). Her sons are R’ Yitzchok from Yerushalayim and R’ Simcha from Boro Park.

  • 16 YD Miller // Sep 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Here is the post for Reb YB Soloveitchik , mentiend in the comment above:

    His Father Reb Simcha is also lised on this site:

  • 17 Real Brisker // Apr 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Reb Yisroel Soloveitchik is the Mechaber of the sefer “Miginzei Hagrach”

  • 18 Neil Rosenstein // Jun 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I have more on this branch of the family if anyone wishes to contact me.

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