Yad Yisroel: The Rabbinical Dynasties of Belarus

The birthplace of great Torah scholars

Yad Yisroel draws inspiration from the great Torah scholars and rabbinical dynasties that originated in Belarus.

Some of the most revered names in the rich rabbinical lineage with roots in Belarus are listed below:

Rabbi Aharon Ben Asher of Karlin – (1802-1872): Author of Beit Aharon, a cabbalistic interpretation of the Tanach.

Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik – (1853- 1918): Author of Chidushei Rabbeinu Chaim, an analysis of Maimonides’ Mishna Tora.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein – (1895-1986): Widely recognized as the supreme Halachic authority for Orthodox Jewry in North America.

Rabbi Schneour Zalman Schneersohn – (1898-1980): Of Lubavitch Hassidic descent, cousin of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, was active in the Jewish Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France; later a Rosh Yeshiva in Brooklyn, New York (his yeshiva was noted for its novel computer science program in the 1960s.)

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (1910 – 2012): The spiritual leader of the Degel Hatorah party in the Israeli Knesset.


Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman – (1912 – ): Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Kollel and Gaon Yaacov: author of Torah pamphlets on Divine providence, faith and education.

Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky – (1928 – ): Author of many leading works on Halacha such as Derech Emunah and Derech Chochma; head of the Belev Ehad non-profit organization in Israel.

Here is a list of some of the revered rabbis and great Jewish leaders of Belarus:

Rabbi Meyer Abovitz, Rabbi Yehezkel Abramsky, Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, Rabbi Avrohom Elyashiv, Rabbi Eliyahu Feinstein, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Shneur Zalman Fradkin, Rabbi Rogatchover Gaon, Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, Rabbi Nahum Grodner, Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, Rabbi Yosef Yozel Horwitz, Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, Rabbi Yaakov Rabbi Yisrael Kanievsky, Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz, Rabbi Boruch Ber Leibowitz, Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer, Rabbi Binyomin Paler, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Porush, Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines, Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, Rabbi Schneour Zalman Schneersohn, Rabbi Dovber Schneuri, Rabbi Refael Shapiro, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shifman, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Rabbi Chaim. Soloveitchik, Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik, Rabbi Baruch Sorotzkin, Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, Rabbi Hayyim Tyrer, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin and Shlomo Rabbi Yosef Zevin.

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