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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 Slobodka Yeshiva

The Slobodka Yeshiva

(p.255) Nine The Slobodka Yeshiva
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the Slobodka yeshiva and notes its differences with the Volozhin yeshiva. Founded around 1881, the Slobodka yeshiva was a completely new type of yeshiva, and it became one of the most influential of its time. It was unique in combining intensive Talmud study with a passionate commitment to developing its students' moral character and instilling in them an awareness that a concern with musar (ethics) was an essential attribute of a Torah scholar. These innovations were not accepted unquestioningly. This chapter examines the reasons and background for this, as well as the opposition that the founders had to face and the difficulties that eventually split the institution.

Keywords:   Slobodka, Slobodka yeshiva, Talmud study, musar, ethics, Torah, moral character

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