- Ponevezh Yeshiva
Ponevezh Yeshiva, often pronounced Ponevitch Yeshiva, ( _he. ישיבת פוניבז) is a world renowned
yeshivalocated in Bnei Brak, Israel. It was originally established in the town of Panevėžys, Lithuania. The yeshiva has over one thousand students, and is the leading Lithuanian-style yeshiva in Israel today and arguably the leading yeshiva world-wide.
As of January 2007 the Roshei Yeshiva are Rabbi Gershon Eidelstein, Rabbi Boruch Dov Povarski and Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz.
the Holocaustthe yeshiva was led by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, the "Ponovezher Rov", who functioned more as the president and chief fundraiser. He selected and appointed Rabbi Elazar Shachto be the academic head and full-time rosh yeshivawho became arguably the most significant leader of Haredi Judaismin the latter half of the twentieth century.
Many other important scholars joined the faculty of Ponovezh, such as Rabbi
Shmuel Rozovsky, Rabbi Elazar Shachand Rabbi Dovid Povarsky. The Kahneman fraction of the yeshiva is presently led by Rabbi Gershon Eidelsteinand Rabbi Berl Povarsky, in addition to Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibovitchand Rabbi Chaim Peretz Berman. The Markovitz fraction of the yeshiva is led by Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz, Rabbi Asher Deutchand Rabbi Desler.
Based on an earlier arbitration ruling, the very appointment of Rabbi
Chaim Shlomo Leibovitchand Rabbi Chaim Peretz Bermanwas disputed by followers of Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz, and the first shiurim (public discourses) given by these rabbis was disturbed by various means, a part of the disputes detailed below.
During the 1990s the yeshiva was subject to a public disagreement between two of its leaders, Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz (married to a granddaughter of the yeshiva's founder) and Rabbi Eliezer Kahaneman (a grandson of the founder) over the management of the yeshiva, that resulted in heated and even violent confrontations between students of the yeshiva.
There was a process of arbitration, but the Kahaneman camp - supported by some rabbis - ignored the decision. Since then the yeshiva has practically split, resulting in two yeshivos in the same building, in other words the students occupy different dormitories but learn in the same learning hall and eat in the same dining room.
On Friday evening, Oct. 20th, a dispute arose over which side's representative should lead the evening services. A member of the Markovitz camp ran up to the cantor's place and began the services seconds before the appointed cantor of the Kahaneman camp arrived. A scuffle then arose, disrupting the decorum of the chamber.
Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler(1892-1953), Mashgiach ruchani, "Michtav me-Eliyahu"/"Strive for Truth"
Yechezkel Levenstein(1895-1974), Mashgiach ruchani, author of "Or Yechezkel"
* Rabbi Elazar Menachem Man Shach (1898-2001), Rosh Yeshiva
Yitzchok Halberstadtzt"l (1922-2002), former deputy mayor of Bnei Brakco-founder of Rav Wolf Seminary
* Rabbi Dr.
Mordechai Halperin, Chief Officer of Medical Ethics for the Israeli Ministry of Health, director of the Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute
Avrohom Yitzchok Ulman, rabbi of Ner Yisroel in Jerusalem, on Jerusalem's council of Charedi communities h Edah HaChareidis)
Yoel Schwartz, Torah scholar and author, senior lecturer at Yeshivas Dvar Yerushalayim
Institutions affiliated to Ponevezh Yeshiva
*Kollel Avreichim — located on the grounds of the yeshiva in the Ohel Kedoshim building; intended for married students who have graduated from the yeshiva.
*Yeshivat Ponevezh Le’zeirim — a division for 200 high school students headed by Rabbi
Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, and was formerly co-headed by Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman.
*Batei Avot — sheltered accommodation established by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman for children rescued form the holocaust, orphans and children from broken homes donated by Henry Krausher.
*Grodno Yeshiva - Beer Yaakov — an additional yeshiva located in
*Grodno Yeshiva - Ashdod, also known as Ponevezh Ashdod — an additional yeshiva located in
* [http://www.famousrabbis.com/pon.htm Rabbis of Ponevezh: Itzele Ponevezher and Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman]
* [http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lita/Lit1403.html The Jewish Panevezhys]
* [http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Panevezys/pon2.html During the Period of Independent Lithuania]
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