There was a time when a kollel check was a respectable sum.
And now it's happening again.
To Harav Aharon Kotler זצוק"ל , nothing was more important than seeing bnei Torah immersed in limud haTorah. The original kollel check at Beth Medrash Govoha of $40 a week was enough to support a family. Harav Aharon had a close group of committed baalei batim who bought into his cause, and they shouldered the financial burden of the yeshiva's kollel.
Later, under the leadership of Harav Shneur Kotler זצוק"ל , Bais Medrash Govoha expanded, growing at a rapid pace, with the addition of several hundred yungeleit to the kollel payroll.
Inflation and changing times rendered the original kollel check insufficient to support a family.
In the mid-1980s, Shragi Newhouse זצ"ל , and יבל"ח A. Joseph Stern of Edison led an initiative to double the kollel checks.
During the 1990s, the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha kept growing.
It w as clear, as the years passed, that something significant would have to be done.
The setup was unsustainable.
In 2002, Moshe Reichmann זצ"ל assumed the responsibility of the kollel at the request of Harav Elya Svei זצוק"ל , who traveled to toronto with his talmid יבל"ח Shimon Glick to discuss the urgency of paying the yungeleit.