Yesterday was somewhat of an historic day at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, as, for the first time in the yeshiva’s glorious history, a shiur klali was delivered in Hebrew, rather than Yiddish.
The shiur was delivered by Rav Yaakov Shmulevitz, a R”M at the yeshiva and son of Rav Refoel Shmulevitz zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Mir Yerushalayim who passed away about a month ago.
The shiur was delivered Wednesday afternoon in the main bais medrash of the yeshiva in the presence of the rosh yeshiva, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, and Rav Yitzchok Ezrachi.
This was Rav Yaakov’s first shiur klali delivered at the main bais medrash of yeshiva, a role generally reserved for the roshei yeshiva.
Shiurei klali at the yeshiva, even for Israeli bochurim who understand Hebrew better and some of whom who struggle with Yiddish, have always been delivered in Yiddish. This was the first such shiur given in the bais medrash in Hebrew.
It has been noted that, in general, American bochurim, despite English being their first language, generally have a better grasp of Yiddish than their Israeli counterparts, having heard shiurim in Yiddish during many of their formative yeshiva years. Even if they may struggle speaking it, understanding shiurim in Yiddish is generally a given. In recent years, many formerly Yiddish shiurim in Israeli yeshivos have started being given in Hebrew.
Since the passing of his father, Rav Yaakov had given shiurim in the Friedman building of the Mir. Yesterday was his first shiur in the main bais medrash.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel