By The Numbers: Statistics of Mir-Yerushalayim


mir-yerushalayimThe Olam Hatorah has paid renewed focus upon Yeshiva Mir-Yerushalayim following the sudden petirah a month ago of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l, and the subsequent appointment of his son, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, the new rosh yeshiva.

The Hebrew language Mishpacha publication in Israel recently shared some fascinating statistics about Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim:

Number of talmidim: 7,200

Number of botei medrash: 20

Number of staff members: 200+

Number of pieces of shnitzel served on Wednesdays: 10,000+

Number of students served lunch every day: 6,000

Monthly budget: 10,000,000 NIS

Monthly stipend budget: 3,000,000 NIS

Yearly budget: 120,000,000 NIS

Debt owed: 54,000,000 NIS

{Yair Israel}


  1. There are 7,200 talmidim, 200+ staff members and 10,000 pieces of shnitzel served on Wednesday. Hmmm, some 2,600 bachurim must be taking seconds.

  2. As the waitor in Israli restaurant says “stek, oif, shnitzel please? The customer say Steak. The waitor says we don’t have any more steak.
    Steak, Oif, Shnitzel? please & keeps repeating to every customer.

  3. Hey bewildered maybe 5200 are getting another half or most of the Bochurim are getting an extra third.
    Let’s hear what you eat on a given night.Or for that matter for lunch.

  4. Gevaalt the MIR is this, but you know so MUCH MORE.There are so many other holy ‘mosdos’ as well as individuals, who directly and indirectly benefit from the mir.

    You know mamesh if you think about the numbers the MIR is not like one Yeshiva it’s like 20, yeshivas, 50 yeshivas, so when we contribute we should mamesh like give what we would to 20 chashuva yeshivas


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    A message from Moishela, a handicapped child
    Yud Aleph Cheshvan 5772
    November 8, 2011

    We’ve Lost Our Kedusha

    Am Yisrael, we’re a stiff-necked people. A people that with our stubbornness have managed Be’ezras Hashem to get through most of our time in our Golus, with our stubbornness to keep our faith, our closeness to Hashem, our sacred Torah. We have fought with determination to keep ourselves holy, at least up to this generation. But since we have entered the last stage before the Geula, things have drastically changed. The main thing that we have lost is our Kedusha, and with it our true belief and trust in HaKodosh Boruch Hu, Hashem Yishmor.

    Of course the fact that I’ve made such a statement will make you cry out against my words and say, “But we have never had so many yeshivas. We have never had so many Frum Yidden living kosher lives. We have never had so many Minyanim, so many thousands of Jewish children with Payos and Tznius going to Jewish schools, to Frum schools, to ultra-orthodox schools. We’re in good shape. Why are you saying such terrible things?”

    And I will answer “The lie! The lie! We want to believe the lie!”
    Truthfully we are only a shadow of what we once were. Our determination shows itself only in business. Our stubbornness is only when were fighting against Tznius. We have become an Am without a heart. Our heart has become like the Goyim; superficial and looking only for the delights of this world. Yes, we dress it up in Ruchnius. We dress it up in learning Torah. We dress it up in many things, but most of the Frum Yidden today are actively worshipping the Egel HaZahav, even though they dress it up in Tzitzis and a Yarmulka. I’ve said similar things many times, but today things have changed more drastically.

    Today a Yid was Niftar, a Yid who was a Tzaddik. A Yid who fought with his illness of Parkinson’s, not willing to take medications so that his memory would not be affected, so that he could continue to learn Torah in the highest way. This Rav, Nosson Tzvi Finkel was a Tzaddik. He was Niftar on Rochel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit. It’s not by chance that suddenly he was taken from this world by a massive heart attack. It was not by chance that it was on Rochel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit. So many Tzaddikim have been taken from us in the last months, and certainly in the last years, Tzaddikim from every group of Yidden: Sephardim, Ashkenazim, Litvish, Chassidish, etc. But today was a special day.

    Today at the funeral of Rav Finkel ZT”L, came the end of the period before the final curtain goes down on the Golus. The death of Rav Finkel brings us into a new era, to an era of much suffering, great wars and much death. We are a stiff necked people and the characteristic that we have is working now against us. We are working against Hashem. We have turned our Yiddishkeit to a lie, and we believe, for the most part, our own lies and anyone who’s trying to get back to the truth is criticized and attacked and worse. But my dear Yidden, as much as Hashem has pounded us with tragedies, still we are stiff-necked and we don’t want to listen.

    So many people have died from Machalas, from illnesses. So many people died from violent accidents. So many people have died suddenly from unknown causes. So many orphans, Lo Aleinu so many widows, Lo Aleinu, so many widowers, Lo Aleinu. Still we are stiff-necked and we don’t want to listen.

    So now we are moving into a new phase. A phase that will destroy two thirds of the world. A phase that will bring tragedy and fear from every direction. Those Jews who stubbornly stick to the Egel HaZahav, hold on to its tail very tightly, refusing to let go, will suffer and disappear because they’re not real Jews. They can’t be real Jews. They lost every semblance of a Jewish heart, any semblance of a Jewish Neshoma. The real Jews that were at Har Sinai yearn to go back to truth, and yearn to be what Hashem really wants us to be. Those Jews, Be’ezras Hashem, will survive!

    But again, my words are similar to the other words that I have spoken already, but I just want you to know that according to the timetable we have now moved into a new situation. Rav Finkel gave up a life that would be easier on him with his illness that would be easier for him to suffer through his illness, for the sake of Torah. He was Moser Nefesh for the sake of Torah. He was Moser Nefesh to this Mirrer Yeshiva that became so famous and so great. I wonder how many of us are being Moser Nefesh for our Yiddishkeit. Not many, not many at all, But those who are Moser Nefesh, who are Moser Nefesh for the basic values of Yiddishkeit, will reap great rewards.

    I only wish that all the Bochurim in Mir were as big Tzaddikim, or at least learned from their Rosh Yeshiva. But unfortunately in most of our yeshivas today HaKodosh Boruch Hu is not invited in, and the yeshiva Bochurim are taught to learn but not taught to feel Hashem. They speak the right words but don’t always act in the right way because they don’t feel, they don’t feel what it is to be a true Yid. They often don’t have the refinement and the modesty and the delicacy of being a true Yid. They’re wound up in all kinds of toys, all kinds of telephones, all kinds of Shtusim that are forbidden in most Yeshivas, but are accepted as normal the minute they walk out of Yeshiva.

    And of course the streets, the Frum streets, are full of restaurants and all kinds of entertainments all kinds of so-called Frum entertainments which destroy our Jewish feelings, our Jewish hearts. And so, lately our Tzaddikim are suffering massive heart attacks because the Jewish people do not have a Jewish heart in most cases. Where are those Jewish faces? Where are the Yiddishe Punims? Almost no child today has a Yiddishe Punim. They don’t look Temimusdik. They look hard. They often have the look of the Olam Hazeh. What else can I say? I just will say this closing thought for you who are true Yidden. Look at your children. Look at your wives. Look at your husbands. Look at your mothers and your fathers. Look at the pictures of your grandparents, your great grandparents and look what is happening to you. You’re loosing your Yiddishkeit. You’re loosing your Yiddishe Punim. You’re loosing your Olam Habah. If you lose your Olam Habah, chas vesholom, you’ve lost life. Do you want to loose your eternity? Are you so stiff-necked that you’re willing to loose your eternity for Pizza, for fancy Bar Mitzvas, for lack of Tznius, for your lust? Do you want to loose eternity for things that disappear in an instant? That’s the greatest lie!

    Am Yisrael it’s your choice. No one can force you. No one could take this stubborn Am and force them to do anything. Most of the Yidden are going stubbornly against Yiddishkeit, they are seemingly going towards Yiddishkeit, but its not real Yiddishkeit. They’re going towards the lie. They’re adopting it in the most terrible way. On the other hand, you have the true Yidden who with their stubbornness will save the world, because they’re trying to reestablish Yiddishkeit the way it should be.

    Am Yisrael, this is all I can say. I can only give a little bit of Chizuk to those stiff-necked strong Jews who are stubbornly trying to keep their Yiddishkeit intact, because the rest of you are only going to snicker at my words.

    You say what is the connection between Rochel Imeinu’s Yartzeit and Harav Nosson Tzvi Finkel’s petira?
    Rochel Imeinu was buried where she is in order to help Am Yisroel. Travelers, the Yidden that were looking for the truth, for Hashem they could come to her easily and Daven she should give them Chizuk. The people traveling to Eretz Yisroel,
    leaving Eretz Yisroel. But in our day and age, people searching for HaKodosh Boruch Hu and searching for help. Mama Rochel, we come to her as a mother, and we pour out our hearts and we beg her to go to HaKodosh Boruch Hu and save us. Because this is the time when we’re going into a different situation, a much more serious situation much closer to the end, it was only fitting that the Tzaddik would be taken on her Yarzeit which would hopefully make Am Yisroel think a little bit, Daven a little bit to Hashem to save us. Whether they actually went to Mama

    Rochel and begged her to speak for us, to ask Hashem for us, or whether we asked Hashem in her Zechus to save us, or whether we just lit a Lecht and stood by the Lecht and asked her to be our representative. Whichever way it goes, its a sign to Am Yisroel that its time now to change our ways, to come closer to Hakodosh Boruch Hu, and to try to look, act, and Daven and learn like true Yidden.

    Q: Why did you have breathing difficulties last night?
    A: Cause I knew what was going to be today, and I was very sad. Zaidy, were coming so close to a world war where thousands and thousands will be killed. Millions will be killed. People want to say that that there was a Hamtakah of the Din because this one was Niftar or that one was Niftar. It’s not true. Only as individual Yidden can make the difference, make it easier on us., But if we continue in our direction, and put all the responsibility on the shoulders of the Tzaddikim that were taken away from us, that they should, in Shomayim, make it easier on us without us changing one iota, then we’re fools, and that’s not the reason they were taken from us. They were taken from us and there are still more that are going to be taken from us, Hashem Yishmor, They were taken from us, Lo Aleinu and will be taken from us, Lo Aleinu, because we have to feel like orphans. We have to feel and know that there’s no Koach in the world except for HaKodosh Boruch Hu. Ain Od Milvado! He’s the Ribbono Shel Olam and there’s no one to depend on, only Him. That’s why they’re being taken away to make us come closer to Hashem. We’ve strayed in the worst way. The Yidden, the Frum have strayed in the worst way.

    Q: Why Did Hashem take the last few Gedolim without any illness, without giving Klal Yisroel a chance to Daven for them?
    A: Klal Yisroel doesn’t Daven, generally speaking with all their heart for our Gedolim, for our Tzaddikim. Unfortunately a Levaya like this, even though it brings out thousands and thousands of people, (a hundred thousand according to the newspapers,) still the vast majority aren’t crying. Their tears aren’t flowing. They go to the Levaya for many reasons. These Gedolim these Tzadikim, were taken because Am Yisroel is a stiff- necked people. They’ve strayed from the flock and there is almost not a flock left. So many have strayed, and they’re not willing to go back. And if the Gedolim are taken, the Tzaddikim are taken, hopefully Am Yisrael will realize that with all the Tzoros the real responsibility falls only on them to come back to HaKodosh Boruch Hu because only He can save us. And that’s what Am Yisrael has to get to- the realization that only He can save us!

    It‘s not a question that we can ask. Its part of creation. Its part of bringing Am Yisroel and the world to perfection. We’ll understand at the end. But there’s one thing we have to understand now that each individual Yid has to decide in his heart and in his actions that he’s going to go back to true Yiddishkeit, and not continue on the path of this plastic imitation that we’ve come to revere so much.

  7. such a bunch of silly comments. Mir, is one of the only Yeshivas that feeds their Talmidim, whereas all the Brisker Yeshivos, do not.
    Mir deserves everyone’s donation.

  8. The greatness of R’ Nosson Tzvi Zatzal was that no one was a statistic, each talmid was special and not just a part of an institution of many thousands. This is very unlike other mosdos who make their talmidm into numbers. Please leave the Mir as it always was.

  9. everyone is allowed to take two pieces of shnitzel firstly

    and the yeshiva gives beravchus, making sure there is plenty of food.

    It is the most special yeshiva on earth.

  10. Thank you for your post #9 Moishele !! a definite wake-up call!! We all need to love one another and come close to Hashem with all our heart and soul!! We should all be zoche to the coming of Moshiach in our days!!

  11. I learn in the Mir and learnt there as bocher to. The Mir is a place where if you need a chavrusa at ANY time of day or night you will find it, But the fact is people don’t care about the ruchnius, FOOD yes yes yes the mir serves good food. The Rosh yeshiva Z”l once told me that he wants that every bocher should not be hungry and should not have to eat out but rather eat in yeshiva and continue to learn.
    you can come learn by us in yeshiva and we will all accept you withopen hands and of course a smile no matter who you are!!

  12. # 13 you’re actually not allowed to take 2 pieces. There actually used to be an announcement every Wed in the main dining room that taking two pieces was considered stealing. During second shift though they allow more than one.