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מייקינג אף א גדול
The Making of A Godol
נתן קמינצקי Nathan Kaminetsky

The Sefer is reappearing in a limited edition after being withheld for many years by the author
היו רבנים שהתנגדו לאופי הסיפורים על גדולי ישראל והמחבר משך את הספק חזרה. עכשיו זה נדפס מחדש במהדורה קטנה
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  • A study of episodes in the Lives of Great Torah Personalities
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Review: The controversy surrounding the publishing of Making of a Godol is perhaps the largest to hit the Yeshiva community in the past twenty years. The stature of the author, the subject matter and the force of the "witch hunt" combined to roil the Torah world for several months. I do not know how many of the people interested in the conflict or even involved in it who can say that they read through the entire two volume book. One who does will be enlightened immeasurably, and almost as frustrated. The book is very wide ranging, covering all that went on in the "Litvish" Torah world in the second half of the 1800's, however, its lack of organization make it very difficult to follow. Regarding the controversy: Rabbi Kamenetsky makes clear in the introduction that he plans to present all of the Gedolim in a human light. This alone is enough to cause consternation in many circles. Having read through much of the back and forth literature on the topic (including the Anatomy of a Ban) I believe that the whole thing was totally overblown. Much of what he wrote was already publically known. For example, his analysis of the closing of Volozhin was discussed by J.J. Schachter in the Torah U'Madda journal years ago. Many of the other stories are either discussing things that the gedolim did in their youth or have been misinterpreted (no, R' Aharon did NOT write a love letter to his kallah).One gets the feeling that the main target of the ban was Volumes 2 and 3, referred to in the footnotes as covering modern times and living gedolim. Unfortunately, it seems that they will not see the light of day. At the end of the day, anyone wanting to acquire a wealth of knowledge about the Yeshiva world of that time would do well to read the book, but be prepared to become exasperated with diversions, digressions, multiple versions of the same story and conjecture. (Note: I have read the original version of the book, not the revised, but I understand that the differences are slight)