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Rav Chaim Shmulevitz Reveals The Secret Of The Mir Yeshiva's Survival
Sholom Revach!  Let me share with you what I just heard from Rav Chaim Halpern shlita of London.  When eastern European Yiddishkeit was destroyed during the holocaust, all the illustrious Yeshivos were forced to close. Although many were re-opened in other countries, the original Yeshivos were actually a thing of the past, with a vast majority of the student body having tragically perished. It was a question of building again from scratch, and naming the new Yeshiva after the former.

The only exception to this was Yeshivas Mir. In this case, the Yeshiva as such survived, with most of the Rebbeim and talmidim being forced to move away, and travel miraculously across the world to their new home in Eretz Yisroel. Here the Moisad continued to flourish to its prestigious position of probably the largest Yeshiva in the world.

Why? – What zechus afforded this? Rav Chaim Shmulevitz zt"l suggested the following. The original Yeshivas Mir was established by his father-in-law the famous Gaon Olam Rav Leizer Yudel Finkel zt"l (who was the son of der Alter fon Slobodke). Having put his life and soul into setting up the Yeshiva, the Rosh Yeshiva felt it was time to engage a Mashgiach, and he had his eye on Rav Yerucham Leibovitz. His good friends attempted to dissuade Reb Leizer Yudel from this step, because their personalities were so different. Reb Yerucham's dynamic charismatic personality would, they feared, overshadow that of the Rosh Yeshiva, and as a result the Mashgiach would take centre-stage and assume his position in the limelight, banishing the Rosh Yeshiva to the sidelines. Reb Leizer Yudel understood – and even agreed with their concerns – but he still went straight on with his plans saying that his own personal interests did not feature at all but rather his own concern was to do what was best for the Yeshiva.

After the instalment of the new Mashgiach, when the above predictions proved to be well-founded, there were a number of trouble-makers who tried their best to cause friction between the two Gedolim, and they persisted in reporting allegations against the Mashgiach to the Rosh Yershiva. At every occasion, Reb Leizer Yudel would always react in the same way – taking no interest in anything other than what was best for Kevod Shomayim.

This selfless self-sacrifice (similar to Rochel Imeinu gladly bringing Yakov and Lea together), -said Reb Chaim Shmulevitz- paid off with the supernatural Hashgocho Protis that only his Yeshiva would enjoy!

Thank you for sharing that! - Revach -