Rav Chaim (Halevi) Soloveitchik (1853–1918) was born in Volozhin where his father Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik was a lecturer in the Volozhiner Yeshiva. Rav Chaim also served there as a senior lecturer for many years before he accepted a position as the Rav of Brest, Belarus. Commonly known as the Brisker Rebbe, he is recognized as the founder of the “Brisker method” which stresses precise definitions of the Torah and Talmud with particular emphasis on the works of Maimonides. Rav Chaim authored Chiddushei Rabbeinu Chaim, a volume of insights on Maimonides’ Mishnah Torah. Rav Chaim’s two sons carried on in the family tradition: Rav Yitzchak Zev (Velvel) Soloveitchik moved to Israel, and his sons, Rav Yosef Dov, Meshulem Dovid, and Meir all head renowned yeshivas in Jerusalem; Rav Moshe Soloveichik moved to the United States and subsequently served as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Yitzchak Elchonon (YU/RIETS) in New York, and was succeeded by his son Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Apart from his two sons, Rav Chaim had four distinguished students: Rav Baruch Ber Lebowitz, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, Rav Elchonon Wasserman, and Rav Shimon Shkop.