Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hagaon Harav Meir Soloveichik, zt”l

Rav Meir Soloveichik ZTL  Photo: Shuki Lerer
The Torah world in general, and the Brisker community in particular, was plunged into mourning late Motzoei Shabbos, after midnight in Eretz Yisrael, upon learning of the petirah of Hagaon Harav Meir Halevi Soloveichik, zt”l, son of the Brisker Rav, Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Ze’ev Soloveichik, zt”l, and Rosh Yeshivah, Yeshivas Brisk in Zichron Moshe, Yerushalayim.

Harav Meir was 87 at his petirah. The Rosh Yeshivah was hospitalized two weeks ago, in the Shaarei Zedek hospital, after a serious stroke.

Tefillos were held on his behalf across the Torah world, including at the kever of his father, the Brisker Rav, on Har Hamenuchos, but alas the gezierah was sealed and late Motzoei Shabbos he was niftar in the hospital, in the presence of family members and talmidim.

Harav Meir Soloveichik was born in 5689/1929, to his illustrious parents, Harav Yitzchak Ze’ev (Reb Velvel) and Rebbetzin Hendel, in Brisk, Belarus, where his father served as Rav and Rosh Yeshivah following the petirah of his father, Harav Chaim Brisker, zt”l.

Growing up in the home of the Brisk Torah giants left an everlasting mark on Reb Meir.

The Brisker Rav and his family managed to leave Europe and arrived in Eretz Yisrael in 5701/1941, where he re-established the Brisker Yeshiva in Yerushalayim.

The Brisker Rav would fondly call Reb Meir the “iluy” of his sons and would often talk to him in learning.

When he came of age, Reb Meir married, lhbch”l, Rebbetzin Elisheva, the daughter of Rav Yechiel Benedikt, zt”l, of Bnei Brak.

In Yerushalayim, Reb Meir disseminated Torah to hundreds of bachurim and avreichim, teaching them the noted Brisker derech halimud.

The levayah of Reb Meir will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, from his home in Zichron Moshe, to Har Hamenuchos, where he will be buried near the kever of his father.

Reb Meir is survived by his Rebbetzin, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many talmidim the world over. He is also survived by his older brother, Hagaon Harav Meshulam Dovid, shlita, and a sister, Rebbetzin Rivkah Schiff.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah. Hamodia

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