Rav Kulefsky never learned in the great yeshivos of Europe, but their influence shaped his life. He served as a kind of bridge between them and a new breed of talmidei chachamim -- American boys, growing up on baseball and hot dogs, but at the same time infused with a desire to become authentic bnei Torah. It was a bridge paved with ahavas Torah and an endless love for his talmidim, many of whom went on to become mechanchim, rabbanim, roshei kollel and roshei yeshivah throughout the world.
World-class poskim turned to him for guidance. World-renowned roshei yeshivah gleaned from his vast knowledge, and expert mechanchim asked his advice. Yet he ran away from honor, happy to be a simple teacher of Torah.
He was lofty, down-to-earth, and normal, said one talmid, describing his rebbe, while another, now a rosh yeshivah, told Rav Kulefsky's grandchild, When [a person] spoke in learning with your grandfather, it was like watching a kid in a candy store.">