Though Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik (1879-1941) and his wife Pesha Feinstein (1880-1967) achieved renown as parents of Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, they led quite interesting lives on their own merit as well. Born in Volozhin as a scion to the aristocracy of the Lithuanian Torah world, a merger was made with the Feinstein’s, another member of the Rabbinic elite. Pesha had a dominant personality, and as a result their home became quite unique.

After a Rabbinic career was cut short by the Bolshevik repression of religion, Rav Moshe experienced a stormy decade from all directions while residing in Warsaw. In dispute after dispute, he displayed a brilliant if iconoclastic image. In the late 1920’s he assumed the position of Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS on the Lower East Side, a position he maintained till his passing.

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