Reb Mayer Apfelbaum is the embodiment of a Torah Vodaath talmid in the post-WWII days of the yeshivah. His devotion to Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and to Klal Yisrael represent the quintessential ben Torah and ehrliche baal habayis that Harav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, envisioned. In this interview with Hamodia, Reb Mayer discussed his memories of the yeshivah, and how his growth within its walls brought him to his lifelong pursuit of helping the klal.
Before I had the canteen, Yaakov Gove would sell sodas in the dining room. When he moved on, Rav Rivlin arranged for me to have the canteen, and I served food in the off hours when the kitchen was closed. From time to time, Harav Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, would come down, and the boys would scatter. I even had the canteen for a while in the new dormitory building at 452 East 9th Street in Kensington until the yeshivah ketanah moved in and they needed the space.
What would you like to see in the future for Yeshiva Torah Vodaath?
I think the reason that Yeshiva Torah Vodaath has seen so much success is because Rav Shraga Feivel did everything l’shem Shamayim. I wish the yeshivah continued hatzlachah as they continue to work to be mekadesh shem Shamayim.