Soloveitchik , Joseph B.
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Time Period
2/27/1903  - 4/9/1993
Description
Joseph Ber Soloveitchik was born in Poland in 1903 to a storied Jewish family of rabbis. In 1932, after earning his doctorate from the University of Berlin, he emigrated to America to become chief rabbi of the Boston Orthodox community. Nine years later, he was appointed head of Yeshiva University’s seminary in New York, where he ordained more than 2,000 Orthodox rabbis during his 40-year tenure.

Soloveitchik was considered the leading figure of the Modern Orthodox movement during the 20th century, advocating both "Torah and science," the coexistence of Jewish law and contemporary intellectualism. He also pioneered Talmudic education for girls and refused to sign a proclamation banning Yeshiva University alumni from joining professional groups that included Reform and Conservative rabbis.

Soloveitchik was repeatedly criticized for going against the "party line," though critics to his left didn’t think he went far enough. He died in Boston in 1993.
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http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/rabbi-soloveitchik/
My Jewish Learning, "Rabbi Soloveitchik"
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Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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