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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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Study at Volozhin in the Time of R. Naftali Berlin

Study at Volozhin in the Time of R. Naftali Berlin

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(p.84) Three Study at Volozhin in the Time of R. Naftali Berlin
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Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century
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Shaul Stampfer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774792.003.0006

This chapter discusses the period of relative tranquillity after the leadership struggles of the 1860s. While there do seem to have been shifts in Volozhin's reputation during this time, in general it retained its pre-eminent status. After the 1860s, although the methods of teaching and study remained unchanged there were important developments in the curriculum, though they attracted little attention at the time. Talmud had always been at the centre of the curriculum but now it became the sole text studied (with the exception of the weekly Torah portion): the shiurim on halakhah disappeared, the study of halakhic codes declined drastically, the practical halakhic implications of Talmud study were de-emphasized, and the study of kabbalah ceased. The chapter details these changes.

Keywords:   Naftali Berlin, Volozhin, halakhic codes, shiurium, Talmud study, kabbalah, talmudic curricula, Torah

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