Based on lectures given during a summer tour of Poland and Lithuania, this mesmerizing audio journey from a master speaker and storyteller reveals the snuffed-out embers of a fiery Torah reality: vibrant communities, bustling Chassidic courts, pulsating yeshiva halls, and storied personalities.
Step into Vilna, and meet the beacon of holiness whose genius belonged to an entirely different era: the Gra. Discover how this luminary-a "once in- a-millennium star" who was said to have turned down chavrusas with angels-changed the course of history through his seminal writings, and his influence in creating Volozhin, the paradigmatic yeshiva founded by his prized talmid that saved the Torah world.
Walk the roads of Telshe and behold a bastion of Torah aristocracy, a place where even the water carrier regularly completed Shas. Learn how this progressive yeshiva empire carved a unique niche, and weep as you relive its harrowing liquidation: the murder of men, women, and children whose unadulterated sacrifice for Torah lives on.
Visit the Slabodka Yeshiva, and appreciate how its mussar mastermind— the Alter of Slabodka—brilliantly restored the crown of Torah scholarship. Discover how one man’s vision and sagacity produced a panoply of today's greatest Torah centers: Lakewood, the Mir, Ner Yisrael, Chaim Berlin, Chofetz Chaim, Bais Medrash Elyon, Chevron, and more.
Enter the turbulent world of the Netziv, the prolific commentator whose prodigious diligence propelled him to become Volozhin's backbone for nearly four decades. Hear about his stormy tenure as Rosh HaYeshiva, his bitter battle with Czarist decrees, and ultimately, his astounding fortitude in the face of the yeshiva's tragic shutdown.
Penetrate the walls of Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin, the resplendent Torah hub of Polish Jewry. Understand the expansive dreams that powered its founder, Rav Meir Shapiro, as he introduced Daf Yomi to the world, revolutionizing Torah study-and Yiddishkeit-for eternity.
Visualize the infamous shoe display at Majdanek, and grieve the unprecedented annihilation of our people. Recognize how the Holocaust continues a pattern of devastation stemming from our nation's most egregious interpersonal sin.
Vivid, engaging, and content-packed, this is a series that will bring your heritage to life-and may change the way you live.