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Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth CenturyCreating a Tradition of Learning$
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Shaul Stampfer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774792

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774792.001.0001

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Origins and Early Years of the Volozhin Yeshiva

Origins and Early Years of the Volozhin Yeshiva

(p.15) One Origins and Early Years of the Volozhin Yeshiva
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at how the small town of Volozhin became one of the focal points of the Lithuanian Jewish world because of the yeshiva that was established there. The yeshiva of Volozhin represented a novel type of relationship between the Jewish community and Jewish learning: for most of the nineteenth century the Volozhin yeshiva was the most important institution of Jewish learning in all of eastern Europe, and ultimately it served as a model for the rest of European Jewry. The heads of the yeshiva were regarded as leaders of the Jewish community in the Russian Empire and beyond; thousands of young men studied there, many of whom went on to have a significant impact on the Jewish world. Patterns that were set in Volozhin are essentially maintained in yeshivas around the world till today. There are many curious myths about Volozhin, but the reality was even more interesting. A careful look at the history of the yeshiva reveals not only the yeshiva itself but how a society can change in ways that few could have predicted.

Keywords:   Volozhin, Volozhin yeshiva, Volozhin history, Jewish learning, Jewish community, Jewish institutions, Hayim ben Yitshak

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