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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 Kolel Perushim of Kovno and the Institution of the Kolel

The Kolel Perushim of Kovno and the Institution of the Kolel

(p.337) Eleven The Kolel Perushim of Kovno and the Institution of the Kolel
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Stampfer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter deals with the Kolel Perushim. This was a new type of institution found in Kovno. Like the yeshiva it became an important element in the provision of a traditional Jewish education. A kolel was, and is, an institution that regularly distributes money to a defined group of married men, usually young, who devote all their time to Torah study. Perushim are men who leave their families to study Torah in temporary celibacy, almost always in a place other than where their families live. The Kolel Perushim, then, was a framework for financial support for a group of married students. The chapter traces the founding and early history of the Kolel Perushim. It then explores how the institution operates and any opposition and conflict it encountered. Finally, this chapter takes a look at the kolel established by Yisra'el Brodsky.

Keywords:   kolel, Kolel Perushim, Kovno, Brodsky kolel, Yisra'el Brodsky, traditional Jewish education, married students, financial support

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