Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik זצ״ל, also known as "the Rav," was born in Pruzhany, Belarus in 1903. He was the scion of the Soloveitchik dynasty. His father was Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik זצ״ל, from whom he learned the methodology of the Brisker method - the conceptual approach to Talmud Torah devised by the Rav's grandfather, Rav Chaim of Brisk.
In 1932, after marrying Tanya Lewit and graduating from the University of Berlin with a PhD in Philosophy, the Rav emigrated to Boston, where he was soon recognized for his brilliance and innovative thinking. In 1937, the Rav established Maimonides School - the first day school of its kind, where rigorous Torah study and general studies were taught to both girls and boys.
In 1941 the Rav succeeded his father as the Rosh Yeshiva of RIETS - the Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary. The Rav would spend the week in New York, giving shiurim to today's Torah leaders, and come back to Boston for Shabbos, where he would deliver his famous Motzei Shabbat lectures.
The Rav served as the Honorary President of the Agudat HaRabbanim of America, and later left that organization to join and lead the Rabbinical Council of America and the Mizrachi movement.
The pioneering philosophy of the Rav is captured in his many groundbreaking essays, including The Lonely Man of Faith and Halakhic Man. The Rav passed away in 1993 and is buried in West Roxbury.
His school continues to live by his vision and hashkafa. At Maimonides School, a dialogue is created between our children and the generations of Torah giants who came before them. We link our students to the chain of the mesorah by bringing the Rambam, Rashi, and Rabbi Akiva to life.
As the Rav described the teaching of Torah to the next generation:
We all chat. We all laugh. We all enjoy the company. We all pursue one goal. We all are committed to a common vision and we all operate with the same categories. There is Mesorah, collegiality, friendship, comity between old and young, between antiquity and Middle Ages and modern times… This unity of generations, this march of centuries, this conversation of generations, this dialogue between antiquity and present will finally bring the redemption of the Jew.