LUBLIN, POLAND, August 1, 2019 — Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin, the largest center of Jewish learning before the Holocaust, welcomed the newest edition of the Talmud: The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli.
The yeshiva was founded in 1930 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, creator of the Daf Yomi initiative, and was largely destroyed during the Holocaust. The 42-volume set was donated by Koren Publishers Jerusalem and dedicated by members of the Young Israel of Woodmere who are participating in a heritage tour run by JRoots.
Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin once held about 22,000 books and approximately 10,000 journal volumes. During the Holocaust, the yeshiva was confiscated by military police and was converted into a military hospital. The Nazis burned much of the library. It was later turned into a medical school, but was returned to the Jewish community in 2003. The synagogue and beit midrash were reopened 2007.
Now, in an effort to replenish some of the holy books that were destroyed and to mark the completion of the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli, Koren Publishers donated an entire set to the yeshiva. It will be one of the first institutions in the world to receive a complete set of this new talmud. The edition has a contemporary layout with a bilingual section, digitized Daf Vilna with punctuation and vowels, and translation, commentary and notes by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. The editor-in-chief is the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb.
A dedication ceremony took place in the historic Beit Midrash on August 1, 2019. It was conducted by the directors of JRoots with a talmud shiur given by Rabbi Hershel Billet, rabbi of the Young Israel of Woodmere.
“The Nazis sought to bring an end to Jewish life and to silence the voice of Torah study and prayer. Now we will once again fill this Beit Midrash (study hall) with the sound of Jewish learning. We thank Koren Publishers Jerusalem for allowing all of us, whatever level we are at, to be part of this amazing journey of Jewish education,” said Tzvi Sperber and Rabbi Naftali Schiff, directors of JRoots.
Koren Publishers Jerusalem is one of the world’s leading Jewish publishing houses, based in the heart of Jerusalem. It is renowned for its textual precision, elegant design, and its partnerships with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and The Steinsaltz Center, publishing the works of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. JRoots was established to facilitate today’s generation of Jews with compelling educational journeys to places of enormous historic significance to the Jewish people. The Young Israel of Woodmere is the largest Jewish orthodox congregation in the Five Towns, on Long Island’s south shore. It is led by Rabbi Hershel Billet.