The Mizrachi movement advertised on the 80th anniversary of its founding that one of the founders of their organization was the Netziv. Is there any truth to that?
No. The Netziv of Volozhin was so early that actually you can’t say he was part of Mizrachi. However, it’s true that some of his descendants were. Rabbi Meir Berlin was a descendant of his.
Now, the Netziv of Volozhin was enthusiastic about settling in Eretz Yisroel, that’s true; but all the Jews were. In those days when they heard there were Jews going to settle in Eretz Yisrael, to colonize Eretz Yisrael, there was a lot of enthusiasm among Russian Jews. But it doesn’t mean that this organization itself was given a gushpanka, a stamp of approval. No, by no means.
TAPE # 405 (May 1982)