Yeshiva Torah Vodaas
(or Mesivta Torah Vodaas
) is a yeshiva
located in the Kensington
neighborhood of Brooklyn
, New York
. It was originally founded as a yeshiva elementary school in 1917 by Binyomin Wilhelm
, his friend Leibish (Louis) Dershowitz
and Rabbi Zev Gold
. Rabbi Gold was elected as the yeshivas first president and chose to name Torah Vodaas after the yeshiva of Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines
where he had studied in his youth. The founding members of the yeshiva soon offered the principalship of the institution to Rabbi Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz
. From 1922 to 1948, the yeshiva was headed by Rabbi Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, under whose leadership a yeshiva high school - known as the Mesivta
- was opened in 1927
. Later he opened a Yeshiva Gedola
"Torah im Derech Eretz" historically influenced the yeshiva's philosophy
, but today it is strictly haredi.
One of the current roshei yeshiva is Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, who is also a posek for the Orthodox Union.
The yeshiva has had many prominent roshei yeshiva, including Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Pam, Rabbi Shlomo Heiman, Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rabbi Gedalia Schorr, and Rabbi Reuvain Grozovsky.
- 6. DEI'AH VEDIBUR, Obituary for Chana Belsky, August 18, 1999