By Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff
In 1906 a proficient younger Talmudic scholar
named Bernard Revel got here to the
United States within the wave of mass
immigration from jap Europe. "As he
looked approximately, he came across Orthodox
Judaism in a sorry, pathetic nation of chaos and confusion. The rabbis born and bredin Europe have been realized students and
masters of the spiritual legislation, in all its
minutiae. conversant in deference,
even reverence, as well-known professionals and group leaders, they got here right into a bordering on anarchy in
Jewish spiritual lifestyles, in a brand new land of
unprecedented tolerance and freedom.
with no wisdom of the English
language and American tradition, European
rabbis might command no appreciate and
exert no inﬂuence at the young.
Bernard Revel made up our minds to create a
school of Talmudic research that will also
provide an American university schooling
to provide American Orthodox
rabbis who may possibly mildew and maintain a doable actual Judaism within the New World.
This is the tale of the guy and his
vision, and his success. From a
modest yeshiva in a synagogue building
on New York's decrease East facet, to
imposing quarters at the heights of
Upper long island, Bernard Revel
steered the path and improvement of
Yeshiva university, the 1st collage of
liberal arts and sciences less than Jewish
auspices, till it grew to become a strong
educational strength, a veritable dynamo, in
American Jewry, that remained
consistently dependable to its New-World imaginative and prescient ofTorah Judaism.
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This school was characterized by an analytical method of advanced talmudic study. Despite this yeshiva’s quota system, which limited the number of students it accepted from each area, Dov was immediately received because he was the son of a rabbi. Telshe was the first advanced yeshiva to have gradations in the lectures it arranged for its students. In the mornings and evenings the students studied on their own in small study groups. During the early afternoons they attended their assigned classes.
The Yeshiva remained primarily a transplanted European institution, little known outside of New York’s East Side and wielding no influence on the greater American Jewish community. By 1906 the inability of the Orthodox immigrants to meet the American challenges had resulted in the ever-decreasing observance of all areas of Jewish Law. On the Sabbath it was not uncommon to observe outside synagogues “a score or more of boys . . sitting hatless in their old clothes, smoking cigarettes on the steps outside, and their fathers, all dressed in black, with their high hats, uncut beards, and temple curls, .
He also discussed the type of yeshivot needed in the United States. The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary was serving as a stopover for the continually arriving young European Torah scholars, but it was not graduating rabbis capable of ministering to the needs of American Jewry. If there was not enough financial support to conduct schools to meet the needs of the recent immigrants and to train American rabbis, then American Jewry must create a yeshiva to meet its greatest need, a yeshiva This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only.
Bernard Revel - Builder of American Jewish Orthodoxy by Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff