Video: US Ambassador Discusses Shtickel Gemara With Mir Talmidim


ambassador-dan-shapiro-in-mir-matzav[Video below.] On January 10, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visited Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim, perhaps the largest yeshiva in the world with over 6,000 talmidim.

During the tour of the yeshiva, situated in the Bais Yisroel section of Yerushalayim, the Ambassador was accompanied by Rav Aharon Chodosh, Rav Nachman Levovitz, Rav Binyamin Carlebach and Rav Aharon David Davis.

During the visit, the Ambassador was shown four botei medrash in three different buildings of the yeshiva, as first reported on on Tuesday.

The Ambassador was introduced to the rosh yeshiva, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, who assumed the position upon the petirah of his father, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, in November,

The ambassador, during his tour, sat down in one of the botei medrash to learn Gemara with some of the Mir talmidim, discussing the sugya they are studying.

He later attended a small reception at the home of the late rosh yeshiva zt”l, where he met the rosh yeshiva‘s mother, Rebbetzin Sara Finkel.

The Ambassador then visited the Bedomaich Chayi Cord Blood Bank, which was established in Yerushalayim in 2006 as a public cord-blood bank.

Following a small reception and presentation ceremony, the Ambassador cut the ribbon of a newly established laboratory and was given a short explanation of its function.

The Ambassador visited the Dor Yeshorim organization, an organization which provides genetic testing to prevent the occurrence of genetic diseases within the Jewish community worldwide. To date, the Dor Yeshorim program operates in dozens of countries around the world, having tested over 300,000 patients for the common recessive diseases.

Click below to watch a video of the Ambassador’s visit to the Mir and elsewhere:

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{Yair Israel}


  1. What a Kiddush Hashem by the Mir Yeshiva and the entire Chareidi population Mr. Shapiro encountered! We must show the the outsiders that this is the essence of why we exist, and that instead of being “parasites” we actually give life to the rest of the world.