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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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Life at the Volozhin Yeshiva

Life at the Volozhin Yeshiva

(p.143) Six Life at the Volozhin Yeshiva
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes life at the Volozhin yeshiva. It begins with the study and daily routine, which reflected the values and goals of the rashei yeshivah. From there, the chapter turns to the yeshiva's annual cycle, as Volozhin offered a curious combination. There were days that were seen as the beginning of a study period (zeman) but no day that was seen as ending a study period. Sabbaths and festivals were breaks in the daily study routine. Additionally, reading Haskalah literature was never permitted at Volozhin, but it happened none the less. However, the extent of such activity varied in different periods, as did the attitudes towards it. The rashei yeshivah opposed the reading of secular literature, though R. Berlin did not issue an outright ban. Finally, the leisure pursuits that were tolerated at Volozhin were those which combined enjoyment with benefits to health or intellectual development.

Keywords:   Volozhin, Volozhin yeshiva, rashei yeshivah, study routine, daily routine, zeman, Haskalah literature, annual cycle, leisure, Sabbaths

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