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Where Maryland Meets the Mir

Eytan Kobre

Rav Ahron Lopiansky was a maggid shiur in Mir Yerushalayim when he was invited to head a yeshivah in Silver Spring. What is it about Rav Ahron’s own background and experiences that has enabled him to successfully integrate the values and passion of the Mir into this quintessence of American suburbia?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Silver Spring, Maryland is every bit as suburban as the name sounds, an upper-middle-class bedroom community that most of the Orthodox Jews employed by the federal government in nearby Washington DC call home. In a town where physicists and economists predominate and real estate moguls are scarce, Silver Spring’s longstanding frum community is one in which ideas are valued over mansions with Ferraris out front, and the brand of Orthodoxy is of a decidedly modern orientation.But situated in Silver Spring’s geographic and spiritual center is an institution that, for two decades now, has been playing against type, creating a hub of Torah learning and living on a level that some said could never survive, let alone thrive, in these parts. The man at its head all these years is an improbable fit in his own right: a student of Torah greats like Rav Nachum Partzovitz and ybdlch”t Rav Moshe Shapiro and a Torah personality himself, his wife a scion of the Finkel family of Yeshivas Mir fame. Yet the more one learns about the institution, the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, and the longer one spends speaking with the man,RavAhronLopiansky, the clearer it becomes just how much they and Silver Spring are a singularly successful match.

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