Some 100,000 Attend Funeral of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel

Head of the Mir Yeshiva - believed to be the largest yeshiva in the world - dies at the age of 68.

Some 100,000 people attended the Jerusalem funeral Tuesday of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the head of the Mir Yeshiva, who died at the age of 68.

Mir, in Jerusalem's Beit Yisrael neighborhood, is believed to be the largest yeshiva in the world, though enrollment estimates vary between 3,000 and 5,000. It has a large affiliate in New York and branches in Modi'in Ilit and Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo.

Mir Yeshiva, yeshiva students
Students at Mir Yeshiva, Sept. 3, 2011.Kikar Hashabbat

The Chicago-born Finkel bore the name of his grandfather, the "Alter (elder ) of Slabodka," a leader of the Mussar (Jewish ethics ) movement in Europe.

Finkel assumed leadership of the yeshiva in 1990.