Lakewood, NJ – Rav Yitzchok Soloveitchik has traveled from Eretz Yisroel to be the featured guest speaker at the dinner to benefit Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood this evening.
Rav Yitzchok descends from the “Bais Harav,” the famed Soloveitchik family that has impacted the Torah world for generations. Rav Yitzchok’s grandfather, Rav Simcha Soloveitchik zt”l, was a brother of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik zt”l and a son of the Bais Halevi.
Rav Yitzchok grew up on these shores and learned at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin, where he became a close talmid of Rav Yitzchok Hutner zt”l. Rav Yitzchok frequently spoke in learning with Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l and other gedolim of that time.
Upon moving to Eretz Yisroel, Rav Yitzchok learned in Yeshivas Brisk before opening his own yeshiva. Talmidim flock to his yeshiva to learn under a rosh yeshiva whose hasmadah and simchas haTorah infuse them with tremendous cheishek and desire for further aliyah.
Leaving Eretz Yisroel and his yeshiva is not something Rav Yitzchok does very often, but when he was approached by Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood, he agreed to make the trip to the United States to attend the dinner. Rav Michel Handelsman, one of the rabbonim of Tomchei Shabbos who approached Rav Yitzchok about coming, commented that Rav Yitzchok, due to his great ahavas Yisroel and concern for fellow Yidden, agreed to take part in the dinner when he was told that his presence could make a difference in the support garnered for Tomchei Shabbos, the kupas tzedakah of the Lakewood community.
Rav Yitzchok left Eretz Yisroel last night and will arrive in Lakewood later today. He will stay in the United States until Wednesday, at which time he is slated to return to Yerushalayim.