The translation of “Kollel” is “including”.
What does the word Kollel have with a
place where married Yungerleit sit and learn?
In the olden days, to be buried in Eretz Yisroel one
had to make Aliya while still alive. It was not practical
to ship dead bodies from Europe to Eretz Yisroel.
Some elderly people after retirement took their
life savings* and made Aliya so they will die and be
buried in E. Yisroel.
While waiting for the Malach Hamo’ves they sat in
the Bais Hamidrash. The Talmidei Chachamim learned
all day long. The Amei Ha’aretz learned Ayn Yakov,
Mishnayos and said Tehillim.
This was the only place in the world where they had
organized masses of men sitting and learning all day
long. (pre- Kollel of today)