Can anybody recommend a good history of the Mir Yeshiva - specifically until the outbreak of World War II, but ideally even inclusive of the war years? Shaul Stampfer has an excellent history of Volozhin, Novaradok, Telz and Kovno (Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century) and Gil Perl has a wonderful biography of the Netziv (The Pillar of Volozhin), but I've yet to find a history of the Mir or its rabbonim that wasn't published by Artscroll.

  • This sounds to me more like "Jews, Jewish history" than "history of Jewish law or of Jewish life" and hence off topic, per meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/196/759. Thoughts anyone? – Double AA Jan 7 '13 at 23:18
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    A quick search online turned up History of the Mirrer Yeshiva by Lester Eckman. – Fred Jan 8 '13 at 1:03
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    @DoubleAA it's about a y'shiva. Sounds like history of Jewish life to me. (Note the Slovakian-y'shiva question (that I'm not taking time to look for now) was closed(? considered for closure?) only as unconstructive and not as off-topic.) – msh210 Jan 8 '13 at 1:12
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    Especially as understanding the history of some of these yeshivas helps understand great rabbis, their approaches, and yeshivas of the present ... and often the yeshiva's alleged history (accurate or not) is applied as precedent on contemporary questions (<cough!> Closing of Volozhin! <cough!>) – Shalom Jan 8 '13 at 1:14
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    Ask Stampfer or Gil to write one. – Seth J Jan 8 '13 at 2:09

Artscroll has a book called The world that was: Lithuania which has a section on Mir.

  • I'll confess to having little interest in Artscroll's historiography. By their own admission, they are more interested in presenting what people of "our generation" should believe than they are in recording real history. That said, the fact that they have included reflections in this volume from people like Rabbi Avigdor Miller and Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein makes those sections worthwhile in their own right, and so I'm sure I'll give it a look. Thanks for the recommendation. – Shimon bM Jan 9 '13 at 0:38

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