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Kol Yehuda Yeshiva Institutions – Stretten in the Land of Israel
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The Kol Yehuda Yeshiva in Old Jerusalem was founded in 5720 (1960) by Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z”tzl), the Admor of Stretten.
Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z’tzl) was a descendent of the Admorim of Stretten. Chassidut Stretten was founded some 200 years ago in the town of Stretten in Galicia. This Chassidut places its emphasis on the love of Israel and was known for its simplicity and earthiness. Rav Brandwein was also a descendant of the original students of the Ba’al Shem Tov and was known as being great in Torah and Chesed. Here in Israel, he was the pricipal disciple and right hand of the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z’tzl), known for the “Sulam,” the authoritative commentary on the Zohar. After the death of Rav Ashlag, Rav Brandwein completed his commentary on the Zohar and also wrote a commentary upon the Tikunei HaZohar by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and named it “Maalot HaSulam.”
After the Six Day War, Rav Brandwein moved to the Old City of Jerusalem . He was the first one to settle there and also transferred his Yeshiva with him. He died 5729 (1969).
Today, our Yeshiva is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, in the courtyard of the ruins of the Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid Synagogue under the supervision of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Avraham Brandwein (Shlita). At this Yeshiva, there are rich and varied activities as indicated below:
Rabinical InstituteIn our Yeshiva learn adult students working towards Smicha. In the evening, there is the study of Talmud and weekly tests are administered by rabbis.
Lessons in KabbalahIn our Yeshiva are given lessons in Kabbalah. This includes writings of the Ramchal but mostly study of the writings of Rav Yehuda Ashlag and his disciple, Rav Yehuda Zvi Brandwein. The lessons are given from the early morning hours, during the daytime and also in the evening. The lessons given during the daytime are strictly for the students of the Yeshiva who are joined, in the evening, by students coming from different parts of the country.
Beit MidrashIn our Yeshiva there are prayers three times a day in which the residents of the Old City and also those of other neighborhoods participate. On Shabbat, the ShaloshShudas is attended by many.
KiruvOur Yeshiva also deals with bringing Jews closer to Judaism through lessons given across the country by its students. B”H, during the years, we have succeeded in bringing closer many young people to fear of G-d and Mitzvot. With great satisfaction, we can point to dozens of families that have built their homes in the way of Torah and Halacha thanks to these activities. Likewise we run seminars on Jewish subjects.
Books and Publications
Our Yeshiva publishes books, mainly on Kabbalah, and also publications and cassettes in many languages on Jewish thought.
Lecture for the Holidays to officers of the Israel Police Force
© Copyright 5756, Rabbi Avraham Brandwein, Jerusalem.
Translation by Avraham Sutton.