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Since its inception, RIETS has pursued the high standards of scholarship exemplified by Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Spektor. At no other school have so many great roshei yeshiva shared their wisdom.

Among them were Rabbi Solomon Polachek (top left), a preeminent prodigy of his time, known as the Meitscheter Ilui, who taught here 1921–28; Rabbi Shimon Shkop (top center), the famous rosh yeshiva of Grodno, who taught here 1928–29; and Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik (top right) who brought the heralded Brisker approach developed by his sainted father Rabbi Chaim of Brisk (Brest-Litovsk) to the United States.

Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz (Suvalker Rav), a warmly revered teacher and world-renowned authority on Halacha, served as a rosh yeshiva at RIETS—the I. Meier and Henrietta Segals Professor of Talmud—for nearly a half century.

Learn about these and other eminent RIETS Torah scholars zt''l from the earliest days to recent decades.

R. David Abramowitz zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Avraham Eliezer Alperstein zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Nisson Lippa Alpert zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yoseph Leib Arnest zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Binyomin Aronowitz zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shmuel Belkin zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yehuda Dovid Bernstein zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Noah Borenstein zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Dovid Burack zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Avigdor Cyperstein zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shlomo Elimelech Drillman zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Chanoch Henoch Fishman zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shmuel Gerstenfeld zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yeruchim Gorelik zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Chaim Heller zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yechiel Michel Hacohen Katz zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shlomo Nosson Kotler zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yaakov Moshe Hacohen Lessin zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yosef Dov Halevi Levine zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Zvulun Lieberman zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Dovid Lifshitz zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Moshe Zevulun Margolies zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shmuel Aryeh Olishevsky zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shraga Feivel Paretzky zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shlomo Polacheck zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Moshe Aaron Poleyeff zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Elazar Meir Preil zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. David Rackman zt''l
 Harav Hagaon R. Sholom Rackovsky zt"l
HaRav Hagaon R. Dov Revel zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Simon Romm zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yisroel Rosenberg zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Melech Shachter zt''l 
HaRav Hagaon R. Zerubavel Schussheim zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Avraham Aharon Shatzkes zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Moshe Shatzkes zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shimon Yehudah Hacohen Shkop zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Chaim Shufenthal zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Ahron Halevi Soloveichik zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Moshe Halevi Soloveitchik zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Ephraim Mordechai Steinberg zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Yehuda Weil zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Shalom Elchanan Halevi Yaffe zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Avraham Aharon Yudelowitz zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Menachem Mendel Yosef Zaks zt''l
HaRav Hagaon R. Avraham Yitzchik Zalmanowitz zt''l