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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Hasidic Yeshivot in Inter-War Poland

Hasidic Yeshivot in Inter-War Poland

(p.3) Hasidic Yeshivot in Inter-War Poland*
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses hasidic yeshivot in inter-war Poland. There is one obvious difference between hasidim and mitnagedim in the second half of the nineteenth century. It is that among mitnagedim, talmudic study was increasingly concentrated in yeshivot, or formal educational institutions, while among hasidim, yeshivot were generally unknown. This distinction disappeared in Poland between the First and Second World Wars, when one of the most striking phenomena of hasidism was the dramatic rise in the number of yeshivot, their ubiquity, and their role in the education of the young males of the hasidic elite. Some of these yeshivot were clearly identified with specific hasidic courts, while others were identified instead with hasidism in general. The multiplication of hasidic yeshivot and the creative solutions they offered to the challenges hasidim thought they were facing are clear evidence of the creativity and resourcefulness of inter-war hasidism.

Keywords:   hasidic yeshivot, inter-war Poland, hasidism, mitnagedim, talmudic study, yeshivot, hasidic elite, hasidic courts, hasidim

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