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ences regarding a given issue. This collection includes also titles
on Hasidism, particularly Habad, and the Rebbe’s discourses.
The selection o f newer works depends upon the judgment o f
the head o f the department (Rosh Yeshivah).
3. The collection o f Kolel Avrechim — a group o f married
students who voluntarily commit themselves to a program o f
added studies, in order to enlarge upon their yeshivah curric­
ulum. This collection parallels in size the one o f Yeshivat
Tomche Temimim, except for the fact that more attention is
given here to works on the factual applicability and execution
o f Jewish law. Both collections are housed in cramped quarters,
literally crowding shelf space to the rafters.
The standard o f living o f yeshivah and Kolel students is un­
deniably higher in our times than in previous ages. But they
are far from ideal. What then keeps these students so devotedly
Torah lishmah
— study for its own sake, i f its earthly
rewards are so precious few? It is the sense o f idealism, so mov­
ingly reflected in Hayyim Nahman Bialik’s celebrated poem
“Hamatmid,” (The Talmud Student). In order to nurture and
promote this idealism, potential donors o f library materials —
authors, publishers, collectors — would do well to respond
affirmativly to a recently proclaimed public appeal by SACH ’s
leaderhsip for gifts in all areas o f Judaica.