Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg

Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966) was a noted European Orthodox rabbi, posek ("decisor" of Jewish law) and rosh yeshiva. He is best known as author of the work of responsa Seridei Eish. Rabbi Weinberg was considered a genius in his time - with mastery over both Torah and secular subjects. An insightful and introspective individual, his varying interests in Talmud, musar, Hebrew literature, Russian language, and general academia make him one of the best representatives of the tumultuous intellectual trends present in his period. Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg was born in Poland. He studied at the yeshivas of Mir and Slabodka. In the latter "he combined within himself Lithuanian profound understanding of Halacha with the Slabodka musar expounded by the illustrious Alter, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel. For seven years, he served as rabbi of the city of Pilwishki (Pilviškiai)- which contained scholars of note considerably his senior. At the outbreak of World War I he went to Germany. There he studied at the University of Giessen, receiving a Ph.D. for a thesis on the Masoretic Text.

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1966 at age of 82


1. University of Giessen Colleges/University

The University of Giessen is officially called the Justus Liebig University Giessen (German: Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen) after its most famous faculty member, Justus von Liebig, the founder of modern agricultural chemistry and inventor of artificial fertiliser.

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Ludwigstrasse 23, 35390 - Giessen, Hesse
2011. 18,484
2011. 3,895
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