Rav Yehoshua Blumstein
As a young child, my family lived in Brooklyn NY. While living there, I attended Yeshiva Ohr Shraga D'veretzki and Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel. When I was about 12 years old, we moved to the Five Towns, where I finished elementary school at Yeshiva Siach Yitzchak. For high school, I attended Yeshiva Darchei Torah, and graduated from Yeshiva of Far Rockaway. I then continued to learn full time in Yeshiva Gedola of Bridgeport under the tutelage of my Rebbe, R' Avrohom Neuberger Shlita. After two years in Bridgeport, I continued on to Eretz Yisroel. There I learned in the Mir Yerushalayim by R' Elya Baruch Finkle ztz"l. When I was 22 years old, I moved back to America, where I I learned in Lakewood, by R' Ephraim Berger. At the age of 23, I met my wife, married, and continued to learn in Lakewood for about 2 years. At that point, my wife and I decided that it would be tremendously beneficial to our family to move to Yerushalayim and continue to immerse ourselves solely in Torah and avodas Hashem. Here in Yerushalayim, I had the zchus to learn for two years by R' Yankel Abikzer. At that point, we heard about a wonderful and exciting opportunity, a kollel which affords an opportunity to be able to use my kochos not only for myself but for the rest of Klal Yisroel as well. I have been learning in the CKD since. I am working to develop my kochos as a teacher and leader, while focusing mainly on learning more and more Torah. A rebbe of mine once told me that every single thing he does is either to teach Torah, or to make another person happy. I aspire to be able to say the same.