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Mir, 1816: The Netziv was born.

Netziv is the acronym of his name, Naphtali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin, but he was known during his life as R’ Hirsch Leib. He was born in Mir, Belarus to the merchant R’ Yaakov.

The Netziv was the son-in-law of R’ Itzele son of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin [Valozhyn, Belarus]. After his father-in-law’s demise, he was appointed to take over his position as Rosh Yeshiva in Volozhin. Under Netziv’s leadership, the yeshiva advanced in popularity and grew from 100 to 500 talmidim, at its peak.

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