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Today almost everyone goes to yeshivah or seminary for a few years after high school. But not so long ago almost everyone went to work or to college after high school. Except for a few exceptional people, who didn’t care that they were different. All they wanted was more time for Torah. I want to tell you about one of these exceptions — the great talmid chacham, rosh yeshivah, and posek (and Camp Agudah paddleball player)! Rav Yisroel Belsky ztz”l

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

YisroelBelsky was raised inBrooklyn and went to Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. He was a bright kid who liked reading encyclopedias. In his eighth-grade yearbook, he shared his dream: to learn Torah after high school and to become a musician to make a living.  After high school, Yisroel was offered a full scholarship. That meant he could go to college for free! After learning in yeshivah for a year after high school, he made a very difficult decision: he decided he would rather learn and so he refused to go to college — even for free. In those days, giving up a free college education was unheard of!RavBelsky would continue to learn Torah — and live Torah — all his life. 

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