Feb 18, 2018

Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron gives shiur...in Merkaz HaRav

Behadrei is reporting on a shiur given by the Rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Chevron, Rav Mordechai Farbshtein, in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav. It is noted that the last time the rosh yeshiva of Chevron Yeshiva gave shiur in Merkaz Harav was 50 years ago when Rav Yechezkal Sarna gave shiur and the Roshei Yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav were Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook and Rav Avraham Shapira.

I appreciate that the article does not describe this as a show of "achdut", or unity. I always dislike that term when used to describe two Jews with different kippot that do an activity together. I also appreciate that the visit was not described as "historic", as is often done in such situations.

While I too applaud the invitation offered to Rav Farbshtein by Merkaz Harav and his acceptance and deliverance of the shiur, I do wonder when we will see reciprocity. Every now and again we find such occurrences of rebbes and rosh yeshivas of Haredi yeshivas or schools being invited to schools and yeshivas in other sectors, and that is wonderful and very open-minded of the hosting schools and yeshivas to expose their students to the Torah and teachings of other streams. I fail to recall such an invitation offered by a Haredi school or yeshiva to any rebbe or rosh yeshiva from other streams thus exposing its students to the teachings and Torah of others. Just like I want to see the Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron as a guest in Merkaz HaRav, I also want to see the Rosh Yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav, or Kerem BYavneh or Shaalavim or others invited to Chevron, or Mir, or Ponevezsh, or others.

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  1. Rafi: "500 years ago"?

  2. R' Aryeh Stern wasn't even invited (as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem) to the opening of the new building of Har HaMor (chardali) because he teaches at Merkaz HaRav. (The Sephardi Chief Rabbi, a charedi, was.)

    1. That is other personal animosity politics, having to do with merkaz haRav. (Though the rabbanut of yerushalayim should trump that.)


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