“Since the class of ’65, there has never been such s’chorah!” Those were the words of the renowned shadchan Reb Yisrael Ber Orenstein, z”l, who took pride in the graduates of Yeshivah Torah Vodaath Class of 1965.
This group included many talmidim who went on to achieve great accomplishments both in their personal and professional lives. The roll call includes Roshei Yeshivos, marbitzei Torah, doctors, lawyers, and businessmen who used their talents and dedication to be mekadesh Shem Shamayim.
Mr. Chaim Leshkowitz was a member of that illustrious class, and he generously gave of his time for Hamodia readers to learn a bit about his experience with the Mesivta.
The friendships that we formed, which lasted a lifetime. I also look back with pride at the oiben uhn (front row) of the beis medrash, which was lined with extraordinary talmidei chachamim, yet they were all so approachable.
Harav Eli Brudny was a classmate, and as a Maggid Shiur in the Mirrer Yeshivah, he is today one of the premier Roshei Yeshivah in America. Mr. Avrohom Biderman, who was drafted by Rav Pam as president of Shuvu around the same time he charged me with being chairman of the board in Torah Vodaath, was also in the yeshivah in my time, as well as Mr. Gedalia Weinberger and other members of the presidium of the board.
Many of my contemporaries became doctors, lawyers, and businessmen, and are examples of the ehrliche baal habayis which Harav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, envisioned.
What would you like to see in the future for Yeshivah Torah Vodaath?
That they should continue developing talmidim, in their next century, who will be great in Torah, avodah and gemilus chassadim, and continue to be vital participants in all aspects of Klal Yisrael and role models for all yeshivos.