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Audio: Diaspora Yeshiva's Pre-1967 History, the Vatican & Mount Zion

The true story of the Diaspora Yeshiva, Israel's first Baalei Teshuva institute of Torah on the historic Mount Zion.
12/5/2013, 1:41 PM

A7 Radio's "Life Lessons with Judy Simon" with Judy Simon
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Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein is the son of Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, the founder of the famous Diaspora Yeshiva in Jerusalem, founded in 1965. It is considered Israel's first yeshiva for baal teshuvot ( returnees to Judaism).

Rabbi Goldstein tells the story of the founding of the Yeshiva, the connection to his grandparents' education, the early days in the women's section of a different yeshiva, the move to Mount Zion, the real scoop on the Vatican's plans to take over the building, and the history behind the famous Diaspora Yeshiva Band.

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Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, father of Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein speaking at the Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion. Photo credit: Ben Bresky.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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