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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The end of an era

R' Zelig Epstein Rosh Yeshiva of Shaar Torah and one of the few remaining Roshei Yeshiva who grew up and learned in pre-war Europe passed away yesterday.

While he is not the last, the number is dwindling and within 10 years there will be no one left who learned in pre-war Europe.

The question is how will this affect us? Until now, there has been a glorification/idealization of the Eastern European yeshivas and what they represented. The Yated Neeman goes so far as to call that generation the דור דעה. I wonder whether when they are all gone will this idealization of pre-war Europe get stronger or weaker?

Until now, the focus of the Torah world has been to replace what was lost from pre-war Europe by the Holocaust which has been a very big contributor to the Torah only hashkafa. Maybe with the passing of that generation we will be able to move forward and understand that it is time to move on and that the הוראת שעה has ended.

3 Comments:

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Zadok said...

Maybe with the passing of that generation we will be able to move forward and understand that it is time to move on and that the הוראת שעה has ended

Do you have any credible, verifiable source that there was an Horaas Shah? (I assume you refer to Kollel, the opposition to bochrim going to college etc. when you refer to the horas shao)

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger bluke said...

I have heard it from a number of Charedi rabbanim who said it as a davar pashut. Is it printed anywhere? Probably not.

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger dlz said...

It is printed in the (not so common) sefer "Ladaas Ba'Aretz Darkecha" in the name of the Steipler.

 

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