Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg
Rabbi Weinberg was an extraordinarily multi-faceted figure. A student of the Mir and Slabodka yeshivos, he combined within himself Lithuanian profound understanding of Halacha with the Slabodka musar expounded by the illustrious Alte, R. N.T. Finkel, and which he so eloquently described in an essay on the Alte. That musar emphasized the awesome potential of man to attain the greatest spiritual heights.
As a young man he served for seven years as Rabbi of the city of Pilwishki which contained scholars of note considerably his senior. When World War 1 broke out he went to Germany and studied at the university of Giessen, receiving a Ph.D. for a thesis on the masorectic text.
Rabbi Weinberg subsequently
taught and eventually became rector of the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary
founded by Rabbi Ezriel
Hildeshimer. He was receptive
to the criticism of others of an extraordinary degree.
Dr. Judith Bleich quotes
a student of Rabbi Weinberg who writes that he had never seen an
individual of comparable stature who admitted the validity of a question or
criticism or acknowledged the insightful comments of students with such
The above graphic includes photographs that were provided by VERAfilm archives.