History has bestowed it with the title of “Mother of the Modern Yeshiva”. The Yeshiva movement – from it’s European antecedent to the current times – is seen to be a continuation of what was begun in Volozhin. What was Volozhin? Why is it considered a new beginning? Is it’s perceived influence justified?
An examination of the Jewish world at the time of the founding, as well as the development of the institution of the Yeshiva through history, is imperative to understanding the unique contribution that the Volozhin Yeshiva made in Jewish society. A full appreciation would be incomplete without relating the story of the founder – the great Rav Chaim Volozhiner (1749-1821). It was his vision and deeds that made it all a reality.
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