Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, “The Netziv” 1816-1893. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehudah Berlin, also known as The Netziv, was the Rosh Yeshiva
of the Volozhin Yeshiva (considered the most important in Lithuania) for almost four
decades. He stressed Chumash and Nach learning and gave daily shiurim on the weekly
parsha. Rav Kook was one of the most prominent of his students. The Netziv was also
known for his compassion and sincerity. He remains both adored and respected in both Israel and the west.