The Pillar of Volozhin

The Pillar of Volozhin

Rabbi Naftali Ẓvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship

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Academic Studies Press
The work of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, the Neziv, ranks amongst the most often read rabbinic literature of the nineteenth century. His breadth of learning, unabashed creativity, and penchant for walking against the stream of the rabbinic commentarial establishment has made his commentaries a favorite amongst rabbinic scholars and scholars of rabbinics alike. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive and systematic attempt to place his intellectual oeuvre into its historical context—until now. In the Pillar of Volozhin, Gil Perl traces the influences which helped mold and shape the Neziv’s thinking while also opening new doors into the world of early nineteenth-century Lithuanian Torah scholarship, an area heretofore almost completely untouched by academic research.

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Volozhin was the leading yeshiva in 19th century Lithuania, andRabbi Berlin (1816-1893) or Neziv as he is known today, headed itduring its heyday and decline. Following socio-biographicalbackground, Perl (Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshivaof the South, Memphis, Tennessee) focuses on his heretoforeunstudied early writing on the rabbinic compilation of halakhicmidrash known as Sifre, later published as Emek ha-Neziv. Appendices include emendations to Sifre Ekev,selections from Hayyim Berlin's "Letter on Education, 1902,"comments on Radal's unattributed influence on his later work, andthe differing genre of Sifre and Neziv's commentary on Torah.The book is based on the author's doctoral thesis at Harvard University in Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618110534
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Perl, Gil S.


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