Providing Joy and Meaning for Florida Seniors

We were already introduced to Pesach Sprintes before, but the story I heard from him yesterday is worth sharing. Pesach was brought to America from Columbia by Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz to learn in Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. Pesach doesn’t have too many memories of his early years, but there is one event that made a tremendous impression on him. Pesach came to Torah Vodaath only days before Rosh Hashanah; he was 14 years old and was very homesick. On Yom Kippur, he was in the main Beis Medrash and started to feel sick and dizzy from fasting. There was a Rabbi who realized he wasn’t feeling well and he and came over to check on him. The Rabbi told another boy to take him upstairs to his dorm room to lie down. A few minutes after he went to lie down, this rabbi came upstairs with a cup of juice and a plate of food, and insisted that Pesach break his fast. Pesach then pointed out that the kitchen was two floors below the Beis Hamedrash and his room was one floor above it. He said that he realized back then that this was a very important rabbi, and he felt so special that this rabbi went out of his way for him. This Rav could have sent someone else to get the food. I asked Pesach the name of the Rabbi and he said it was, “a Rabbi Kamenetsky”. On the day of Yom Kippur, in the middle of Davening, the Godol Hador, Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, had nothing better to do than take care of a 14-year-old Colombian Talmid. Now that boy inspired our TOP program 65 years later.