I am extending a belated welcome to a member of this year’s crop of new teachers at Yeshiva Torah Temimah (YTT) faculty, Rabbi Eli Schmeltzer. He started in the fall. Rabbi Schmelczer has moved around a lot in recent years. Some of the places he has alighted include a mechina yeshiva in Miami, the NMB Kollel, and a Yeshiva Gedola Merkaz Hatorah Tiferes Mordechai of Montreal.
I have been told by several sources that Rabbi Ronald Greenwald of Monsey is conducting inquiries about him on behalf of YTT. I am told that Ronnie is inclined see the best in Rabbi Schmelczer and insists allegations against him thus far are unfounded. I have no idea what considerations are motivating Ronnie.
Being a teacher in Torah Temimah would appear to be a demotion after being a principal or a rosh kollel in his last three jobs. But who knows. Maybe he just loves being in Flatbush in the radiant presence of Leopold Lipa Margulies. Perhaps he is drawn to the charms of working in a place that once employed Yehudah Kolko. Maybe he is innately modest and no longer needs the burdens and adulation of doing management work and perfers being close to the adolescent boys in the yeshiva.
Time will tell.
In the meantime, a civil lawsuit is still in progress against Torah Temimah by the families of boys who allege YTT responsiblity for their being molested by Yehudah Kolko who taught there till he was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty for misconduct with those boys.