The building of the former Yeshiva Etz Chaim can be seen in the city of Kletsk, 15 km from Nesvizh. Yeshiva - the highest school in Judaism, in which the Tolmud is studied. Yeshiva Etz Chaim was founded in Slutsk. But in 1921 she moved to Kletskwhere many Jews lived.

Kletsk Yeshiva

Kletsk was one of the centers of Torah study and in those years was located on the territory of Poland. The building for the school began to be built in 1927 and two years later the first classes were held there.

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Among the teachers was the founding father of the school Aaron Kotler и Iser Zalman Meltzer - Rabbi of Lithuanian origin. Classes at school ceased with the unification of the USSR and Western Belarus in 1939 year.

The building of the former Kletsk Yeshiva "Etz Chaim"

Aaron Kotler with the beginning of the war, fleeing from the Soviet authorities, moved the yeshiva together with 270 students to Vilniusbut found no peace there. Shelter was found in USAIn Lakewood. The school changed its name Beit Midrash Gaboa and over time has become one of the largest and most influential yeshivas in the world.

Yeshiva Kletsk

Kletsk Yeshiva been empty for some time. Then in the building that today is part of list of historical and cultural values ​​of Belarus, was the house of culture.

Synagogue in Kletsk

The building was abandoned in 1974. And in the 90s, a grocery store was placed in the building for a couple of years.

The building of the former synagogue in Kletsk

Today, the building of the yeshiva "Etz Chaim", made in the Art Nouveau style, is empty. On November 24, 2014, an important event took place for the former school of rabbis. A delegation consisting of one hundred Orthodox Jews from the USA, Israel, Mexico, Belarus and Ukraine arrived in Kletsk. In the old school of rabbis, they held a Torah lesson and hung a commemorative plaque on the wall.

torah school dumpling

We also visited the house of Aaron and the museum, which houses an old edition of the Torah. Among the participants of the delegation were the grandchildren of the leader of the Orthodox Jews and the founder of Etz Chaim - Malkiel and Aharon Kotler.

See also in Kletsk: Holy Intercession Church и Holy Resurrection Church.

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