Meir Soloveichik

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Meir Yaakov Soloveichik (born July 29th, 1977)[1] is an American Orthodox rabbi and writer. He is the son of Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, grandson of the late Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik and the great nephew of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the late leader of American Jewry who identified with what became known as Modern Orthodoxy.


Graduating from Yeshiva College in New York City he received rabbinic ordination (semicha) at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and studied philosophy of religion at Yale University Divinity School, although he never received a degree from Yale. He later received a PhD in Religion from Princeton University. He wrote his doctorate on the modern Orthodox theologian Michael Wyschogrod.


A regular contributor to general interest and Jewish publications such as First Things, The Forward, Commentary Magazine, and the journal Azure, where he was Contributing Editor, he has written a number of articles concerning issues in Jewish thought and life, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity and the limits of interfaith dialogue established by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

He was the resident scholar of the Jewish Center in New York City and, later, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, also in New York City. In May 2013, he became Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, a Sephardic synagogue, and the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States.

He is the director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.[2]

It had been reported that he had been considered a candidate to replace Jonathan Sacks as the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. [3]However, the position ultimately went to Ephraim Mirvis.

In August 2012, he gave the invocation at the opening session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.[4][5]

Brisker rabbinic dynasty[edit]

Esti Rosenberg, director of Migdal Oz (seminary)
Rabbi Yitzchok Lichtenstein, Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva Bais Yosef-Novardok Brooklyn branch; mara d’asrah of Kehillas Bais Avrohom, Monsey, NY
Rabbi Yosef Dov (Reb Berel) Soloveitchik
Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik
Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, Co-Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion
Rabbi Meshulam Dovid (Reb Dovid) Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik
Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein, Rabbi ohel menachem Bet Shemesh
Rabbi Yosef Dov (HaLevi) Soloveitchik
author of Beis HaLevi
Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik
"Reb Chaim Brisker"
Rabbi Yitzchak Zev (Reb Velvel) Soloveitchik
"The GRIZ"
The Brisker Rov
Lifsha Soloveitchik Feinstein
Dr. Tovah Soloveitchik Lichtenstein
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt
Rabbi Refael Shapiro, Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin yeshiva
Lifsha Shapiro
Rabbi Refoel Soloveitchik
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein
Tzipporah Rosenblatt
Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik
Dr. Atarah Soloveitchik Twersky
Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva Toras Moshe
Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. (Yosef Dov) Soloveitchik
"The Rav"
Rabbi Dr. Isadore Twersky, Talner Rebbe of Boston
Rabbi Mayer Twersky, Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik
Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik
Rabbi Dr. Haym Soloveitchik
Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, Rosh Yeshivas Brisk (Chicago); Rav of Kehilas Beth Sholom Ahavas Achim
Peshka Feinstein Soloveichik
Dr. Samuel Soloveichik
Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik, Maggid Shiur at Lander College's Beis Medrash L'Talmud
Rabbi Meir Yaakov Soloveichik
Shulamit Soloveitchik Meiselman
Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Moshe
Rabbi Yosef Soloveichik
Anne Soloveitchik Gerber
Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik, Maggid Shiur at Yeshivat Reishit; Morah D’Asrah of Kehillat Ohr Sholom, Ramat Beit Shemesh
Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik
Rabbi Shmuel Chaim Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yitzchok Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yisroel Soloveitchik
Rabbi Yisroel Gershon Soloveitchik
Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik
Rabbi Boruch Soloveitchik
Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Soloveitchik
Daughter Soloveitchik, Wife of Rabbi Shlomo Zev Karlibach

Religious Writings[edit]

  • "The Virtue of Hate," First Things, (February, 2003)
  • "How Soloveitchik Saw Interreligious Dialogue," The Forward (2003)
  • "Sanctity of Union: An Article of Faith," The Forward (2003)
  • "Redemption and the Power of Man," Azure, (2004)
  • "Orthodoxy and the Public Square - Symposium," Tradition, (2004)
  • "The Jewish Mother: A Theology," Azure, (2005)
  • "God’s Beloved: A Defense of Chosenness," Azure, (2005)
  • "How Not to Become a Jew," Commentary,(2006)
  • "Locusts, Giraffes, and the Meaning of Kashrut," Azure, (2006)
  • "Rabbi Akiva's Optimism," Azure, (2007),
  • "Of (Religious) Fences and Neighbors," Commentary, (March, 2007)
  • "A Nation Under God: Jews, Christians, and the American Public Square," (2007/8)
  • "No Friend in Jesus," First Things, (January, 2008)
  • "Why Beards?," Commentary, (February, 2008)
  • "Mysteries of the Menorah," Commentary, (March, 2008)
  • "God’s First Love: The Theology of Michael Wyschogrod," First Things, (November, 2009)
  • "To be German and Jewish : Hermann Cohen and Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch," Rav Chesed II, (2009)
  • "Against Cloning - Symposium," Tradition, (2010)
  • "Jonah and Yom Kippur," Jewish Ideas Daily, (September 2010)
  • "Torah and Incarnation," First Things, (October, 2010)
  • "God's Beloved: Election and Tradition in the Theology of Michael Wyschogrod,"" PhD. Dissertation, Princeton University, (2010)
  • "The Universalism of Particularity," Hain, S and Hirt,R.S. (eds.), The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy, (2012)
  • "Blessed Unions: What the Traditional Jewish Wedding Tells Us About the American Founding," Commentary, (2012)

Political Writings[edit]

  • "Irving Kristol, Edmund Burke, and the Rabbis," Jewish Review of Books (2011)
  • "Redefining Religious Activity," Jewish Ideas Daily, (February 2012)
  • "Morality, Not Theology: The Importance of Romney's Liberty University Speech," The Weekly Standard, (May 2012)
  • "A Weakness for Royalty: The Vindication of John Adams,"The Weekly Standard, (June 2012)
  • "Bibi - Son of Benzion: The Netanyahu Legacy,"" The Weekly Standard, (August 2012)
  • "The Real Israel Lobby: It's the American people," The Weekly Standard, (February 2013)

Lectures and Sermons[edit]

  • 'Can All Religions Be True?' (2005)
  • 'The Yibbum of Henry VIII' (2009)
  • 'Torah Giants Confront Modernity: A Study of Rabbanim in the Age of Enlightenment' (2010)

Judaism and the Origins of America

  • 'The Founding Father at the Huppah: A Reflection on America's Beginnings'
  • 'Lincoln's Yahrzeit: Pesah and the Death of an American President'
  • 'Mordecai Manuel Noah: The First Truly American Jew'
  • 'Light and Truth: Hebrew in Early America'


He is married to Layaliza Soloveichick (née Klein), a 1997 graduate of Yale University Law School.


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