Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov (1903–1993). Born in Lithuania into the Brisk Rabbinic dynasty. A child prodigy, Soloveitchik went to Germany to receive a Ph.D. in religious philosophy. On immigrating to the United States, he taught Talmud for decades at Yeshiva University in New York City and founded the Orthodox day school Maimonides, outside of Boston. He was arguably the leading Torah figure in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Rav Soloveitchik combined profound Torah knowledge and secular erudition. Thousands of his students refer to him simply as “the Rav” or “the Teacher.” Halachic Man is a prime example of his dialectical thought.
Courtesy: Professor Shai Cherry