Re: "Schlubutki", Lithuania
- From: arnoldbd@xxxxxxxxxxx (Arnold Davidson)
- Date: 17 Sep 2007 05:43:16 -0700
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Slobodka, now known as Viliampole, was about a mile NNW of Kovno. Because of its proximity, it may now be part of Kovno. It was a well known Jewish center and, perhaps, its most significant claim to fame was that it was the home of one of the most prestigious yeshivas in Europe. The original Rosh Yeshiva of the Slobodka Yeshiva was Rabbi Nosson Tzvi FINKEL (called the Alter of Slobodka). This yeshiva functioned as a center for advanced training in "mussar", as a sort of finishing school for successful graduates from other yeshivas. It was called "the mother of all yeshivas" because all the roshei yeshivot of the last generation studied there. Four of the most prominent yeshivas in America were either founded or developed by graduates of the Slobodka Yeshiva, whose stated aim was to follow the Slobodka method: Lakewood Yeshiva by R. Aharon KOTLER, Ner Israel in Baltimore by R. Yaacov RUDERMAN, Chaim Berlin in New York by R. Yitzchock HUTNER, and Chafetz Chaim in New York by R. Dovid LEIBOWITZ.
My uncle, Norman B. ABRAMS, was a student at the Slobodka Yeshiva. For many years he was Registrar of the the Talmudical Academy of Yeshiva University and at one time it was said that he was under consideration for the presidency of Yeshiva University.
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