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Shaul Stampfer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774853

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774853.001.0001

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Hasidic Yeshivas in Interwar Poland

Hasidic Yeshivas in Interwar Poland

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(p.252) Twelve Hasidic Yeshivas in Interwar Poland
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Families, Rabbis and Education
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Shaul Stampfer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774853.003.0013

This chapter discusses hasidic yeshivas in interwar Poland. The distinction between hasidim and mitnagedim with regard to yeshivas disappeared in Poland between the First and Second World wars, when one of the most striking phenomena of hasidism was the dramatic rise in the number of yeshivas, their ubiquity, and their role in the education of the young males of the hasidic elite. Some of these yeshivas were clearly identified with specific hasidic courts, while others were identified instead with hasidism in general. The multiplication of hasidic yeshivas, and the creative solutions they offered to the challenges hasidim thought they were facing, are clear evidence of the creativity and resourcefulness of interwar hasidism. The chapter then explains that the Polish hasidic yeshiva did not develop in a vacuum, but had as very visible potential models the Lithuanian and Hungarian yeshivas. Lithuanian rabbis were often employed in hasidic yeshivas, and methods of study that developed in Lithuania on occasion influenced talmudic study in Poland.

Keywords:   hasidic yeshivas, interwar Poland, hasidim, mitnagedim, hasidism, hasidic elite, hasidic courts, Polish hasidic yeshiva, talmudic study

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