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 chanced on 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 non secular legislation, in all its
minutiae. conversant in deference,
even reverence, as famous gurus and neighborhood 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 may possibly command no recognize and
exert no inﬂuence at the young.
Bernard Revel decided to create a
school of Talmudic learn that will also
provide an American collage schooling
to supply American Orthodox
rabbis who might mould and maintain a conceivable genuine Judaism within the New World.
This is the tale of the fellow and his
vision, and his fulfillment. 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 direction and improvement of
Yeshiva university, the 1st collage of
liberal arts and sciences lower than Jewish
auspices, till it turned a potent
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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The young student’s fame gradually spread to surrounding communities, and after this encounter with Rabbi Isaac Elchanan, he was called “The Prenner Illui,” the prodigy from Pren. Rabbi Nahum Shraga’s family name was originally Finkel. Upon his engagement to the daughter of Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak Revel of Ponevez, he adopted the Revel family name. Five children issued from this marriage. A son, Moshe Yitzchak, emigrated to the United States, where he changed his name to Morris Glueck. His son, Dr.
Here it resulted in the study of biblical Hebrew, and of the poetical, scientific, and critical portions of Hebrew literature. It also encouraged the Jewish masses to seek secular education and to organize the Jewish schools along the then contemporary pedagogical lines. Kovno in particular was a hotbed of Haskalah. After a typical long day of pious learning, Dov joined a group of older students around the narrow table earlier used for studying. Their faces were aglow with the flames of the bright reflector lamps standing on the table.
Revel found himself in a large, crowded, dimly lit cell. Boards to sleep on ran the length of the whole rear wall of the cell. In the middle of the cell there were also boards which were cut in the middle to allow passage. Dirty hot water and bread served as the main sustenance of the inmates, while the lavatory facilities were even more miserable. One small receptacle, which was cleaned only once a day, served the needs of all the tens of prisoners in one cell. 3 Here in prison Revel began to give serious thought to his future.
Bernard Revel - Builder of American Jewish Orthodoxy by Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff