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Here is a small town in America, an hour’s ride away from New York City, where the American Main Street and the heimishe shul hoif meet.

who became great scholars. The more they learn, the more their diligence increases, along with the drive to learn more and more, despite the economic friction it causes themselves and their growing families. You could say that Bais Medrash Elyon paved the way for many young frum families to move from the big city to Monsey. The young children of elementary school age learn either in Yeshiva of Spring Valley or in the Hebrew Institute of Rockland County, which is located “up the hill.” These two schools represent two different courses of study: the so-called strictly religious and the more modern. In the Yeshiva of Spring Valley, all the rebbis in the Yiddish department are young men with beards, former students of Bais Medrash Elyon, and the studies are conducted by translating the material into Yiddish and English. In the Hebrew Institute, the studies are translated into Hebrew, and they are not too strict about beards on their staff. I must say that I personally do know a chassidic young man with a beard, who wears a kapote on Shabbos, who is a teacher in the modern Hebrew Institute. On the other side of Bais Medrash Elyon, on Saddle River Road, is the Mesivta high school, Beis Shraga, named after Reb Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l. It was founded and is led by two outstanding products of the American Torah system, Rabbi Yehoshua Schiff and Rabbi Shmuel Mendlowitz. Here, too, the teachers are alumni of Bais Medrash Elyon, and the spirit and atmosphere is a reflection of that. Beis Shraga just constructed a new building consisting of a beis medrash and classrooms, and it’s a pleasure to enter and see the light and cleanliness... and most importantly, the shining faces of the young high school boys, many of whom came from New York.

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