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The History of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Seminary of Yeshiva University

Posted May 6, 2015

RIETS, as it is commonly known, was founded at the end of the nineteenth century to train Russian and Polish immigrants for the American rabbinate. While the majority of the day was spent studying Talmud, the knowledge of the "language of the land" was included in the curriculum. The role of secular studies became a contentious issue and the resolution of this issue lies at the heart of the creation of Yeshiva College and then Yeshiva University.‚Äč
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