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Jacob Immanuel Schochet (August 27, 1935 - July 27, 2013) was a rabbi, academic and scholar who wrote and lectured on the history and philosophy of Hasidism and on themes of Jewish thought and ethics. He was a member of the Chabad movement.
Schochet was a son of Rabbi Dov Yehuda and Sarah Schochet. Rabbi Dov Yehuda Schochet was born in Telšiai (Telshe, Telz) Lithuania, and was an alumnus of the Telshe yeshiva. He served as rabbi in Basel, Switzerland from 1930 until 1947, and from 1947 to 1951 he served as chief rabbi of The Hague and the adjacent regional towns, in the Netherlands. Mrs. Schochet, nee Mussensohn, was a scion of an illustrious Lithuanian rabbinical family. Shortly after emigrating to Toronto in 1951, Rabbi and Mrs. Schochet and most of their ten children joined the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Rabbi Dr. J. Immanuel Schochet was born in Switzerland on August 27, 1935. He was the third of the ten Schochet siblings. Rabbi Dr. Schochet received his early education there and in the Netherlands. After moving to North America, he attended the Chabad Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim in New York from which he graduated in 1958. He developed a relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe even as a young student in the yeshiva, and thereafter the Rebbe urged and encouraged his academic pursuits and literary efforts. He received his academic education in Canada, attending the University of Toronto, University of Windsor, McMaster University, and University of Waterloo, he holds degrees of BA (Phil), MA (Religious Studies), MPhil (Phil) and PhD (Phil). His specialties in philosophy are Logic, Epistemology, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion. His Master's thesis at McMaster University was titled: The Treatment of Anthropomorphism in Targum Onkelos (1966). His PhD thesis at the University of Waterloo was titled: The Psychological System of Maimonides (1974).