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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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The Student Body

The Student Body

(p.116) Five The Student Body
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter turns to the student body. It takes a look at the variety of reasons and considerations which led young men to travel to Volozhin to study at the yeshiva. The chapter then explores the admission procedure, student activities and solidarity, and the relationship between the students and the staff as well as that between the students and the community. Induction into the yeshiva was not very complicated and was largely informal: the person in charge of the books would give the new student a volume of the Talmud, and that was it. In addition, little can be said about the geographical background of the students of the Volozhin yeshiva for most of the years it existed. Clearly, most of the students it attracted were from the regions of Lithuania and Belarus, the area Jews termed ‘Lite’. However, the students at Volozhin were very conscious of themselves as a group, and had a high opinion of their own worth.

Keywords:   student body, Volozhin, admission procedure, student activity, Volozhin yeshiva, Talmud, geographical background

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