What is the derech halimud in Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem)? As far as I know it is not the Brisker derech. What commentaries or chiddushim are learned there?

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    Unclear what you mean; especially since the Mir is composed of multiple Chaburot each with its own "agenda". Jul 23, 2014 at 11:57
  • Well I don't know so much about this issue. So there are different methods of learning in Mir with different groups? Like Chassidish and Litvish? I'm interested to know about different Litvish learning methods. One that I have read about (Wikipedia) is Brisk.
    – J. K.
    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:17
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    @DannySchoemann I don't understand what's unclear. Is it just a big Beis Medrash were people learn what they want? That sounds like an answer! Jul 23, 2014 at 16:33
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    @msh210 How many different sorts would you say there are? Unless the answer would accept "all of them" without any support (since to support your answer, I imagine you would have to bring an example of each), we are still talking about a very long list. Jul 24, 2014 at 3:22
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    @ShmuelBrin - it's not " big Beis Medrash were people learn what they want" - it's a collection of say 4 dozen Chaburos spread over about 6 buildings with each Chaburah learning it's own "agenda" with its own methods and favorite Seforim. (Numbers are pure guesses). It's like a beverage factory that produces 50 types of drinks, not like a park where 50 families are spending the afternoon doing what they please. (What you describe is the Mir of 25 years ago, before R' Nosson Tzvi זצ"ל took over.) Jul 24, 2014 at 7:34

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As per this article, the Mir is composed of a multitude of study groups, called Chaburot.

Each Chabura is subdivided by Shiur (class), with one Maggid Shiur (lecturer) teaching an average of 40 to 60 students.

As no two individuals are the same, each Maggid Shiur has his own style of learning and teaching. However, according to this article, the Mir has a unique central Derech Halimud:

על אף ריבוי הרבנים והלומדים בישיבות מיר, ישנה דרך לימוד מרכזית, המוכרת כ"שיטת מיר". המייצגים המרכזיים של שיטה זו הם הרב נחום פרצוביץ וכיום חתנו הרב אשר אריאלי.

אחד המאפיינים של שיטה זו הוא, הדקדוק הרב בלשון רש"י, והוצאת גדרים למדניים מדיוקי לשונו.‏

"Despite the multitude of teachers and student in the Mir, there is a common Derech HaLimid, know as Shitas Mir."

"The main representatives of this Derech are the late Rav Nochum Partzovitz זצ"ל and ילח"ט his son in law Rav Asher Arieli שליט"א.

"One of the [main] characteristics of this Derech, is a careful analysis of Rashi's wording and deriving a scholarly framework based on the nuances in Rashi's wording."

It's fair to assume that the transcriptions of Reb Nochum's shiurim, published by his students - Chidushei Reb Nochum, Shiurei Reb Nochem and Chazon Nochum - are popular Seforim.

A description of these publications, gives us some more insight into Shitas Mir:

בספר צועד הרב פרצוביץ לפי שיטת בריסק, ומסביר את הגמרא לאור לשונה ולשון הראשונים, כשהוא משתדל לא להוסיף פרשנות עצמאית.

"Reb Nochum followed the Shitas Brisk; each Gemara is explained based on [a careful analysis of] its wording and that of the Rishonim, without adding one's own explanations.

Also see here for a long article in Hebrew describing each Chaborah - where it's located and what it learns.

Interestingly enough, the late Rosh Yeshiva had his own Derech Halimud "matching up the opinions of Rishonim from various places". This Derech Halimud did not become popular in the Mir. (ibid)

לרב נתן צבי פינקל הייתה שיטת לימוד ייחודית, של התאמת דעות הראשונים לשיטתם במקומות אחרים. שיטה לימוד זו לא נפוצה בישיבה.‏

  • Thank you very much for your answer! This was exactly what I was looking for.
    – J. K.
    Jul 24, 2014 at 12:36

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