The Jewish Press joins Klal Yisrael in mourning the death of Rav Aharon Soloveichick, one of the preeminent Talmudic scholars and Halachic authorities of our time.
Possessed of the signature Soloveichik family powers of exacting analysis and lucid exposition, and a dignity rooted in being at one with the dynamics of the Torah, he was a revered guide through Judaism for generations of Jews and a devoted teacher, beloved by countless students at Chicago's Brisk Yeshiva and Yeshiva University.
With a serious interest in all aspects of the human condition, his penetrating intellect made him a much sought after counsellor and adviser on public affairs.
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