Rav Sheya Schiff zt”l


rav-sheya-shiffIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Sheya Schiff zt”l, founder and rosh yeshiva of Mesivta Bais Shraga in Monsey, NY. He was 90 years old. 

Rav Sheya led Mesivta Bais Shraga with distinction for decades, teaching and raising generations of bnei Torah for over fifty years.

Rav Sheya was a son of the noted baal habayis, R’ Tzvi Shalom (Harry) Schiff zt”l, who merited to raise a family of leading gedolei Torah and marbitzei Torah. Rav Sheya was a talmid muvhak of Rav Shlomo Heiman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, and Rav Reuven Grozovsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon.

Rav Sheya’s brother is Rav Yankel Shiff, son-in-law of the Brisker Rov, Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik zt”l. Rav Sheya’s sisters  married Rav Shmuel Faivelson, rosh yeshiva of Bais Medrash L’Torah of Monsey, NY, and Rav Meir Hershkowitz, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Binyomin of Stamford, Connecticut.

Rav Sheya was a son-in-law of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz zt”l, the pioneer of Torah chinuch and Yiddishkeit in America and legendary menahel of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Rav Sheya led Bais Shraga together with his brother-in-law, Rav Shmuel Mendlowitz, son of Rav Shraga Feivel.

Rav Sheya leaves behind a family of bnei and bnos Torah, including his sons, Rav Shraga and Rav Emanuel.

The levaya will be held at 1 p.m. at Yeshiva Bais Shraga, located at 28 Saddle River Road in Monsey, NY, with the aron being flown after Shabbos, at 9 p.m. on Motzoei Shabbos, from JFK Airport (El Al Cargo), to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there on Har Hamenuchos in Yerushalayim.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. Boruch Dayan Emes

    8 GEDOLEI HADOR niftar in January in the mageifa of gedolim leaving us cause we don’t take their guidance %100

    2 GEDOLEI HADOR niftar in February already.

    when will this mageifa end? this could have ended long ago.

    may all these tzaddikim neshamos have aliyahs

  2. Rabbi Schiff was my 6th grade rebbe.We started Gemorah with him.His smile and gentle demeanor has stayed with me for over 60 years.

  3. Rav Shiff and Rav Mendlowitz were brothers in law. They were both married to a Greenbaum. They were also brother in law to Rav Dov “Berel” Greenbaum, (who started and ran the Yeshiva of Spring Valley in the early 1950s and was my Sandek) Rabbi Polyakoff from Baltimore was married to another Greenbaum sister as was Menachem Mendel Rosenwasser (married to Rose Greenbaum) who was my father’s last remaining relative. My son is named after him.

    Rav Shiff was also the mashgiach at Bais Shraga when I attended in the mid 1960s. He was famous for catching those (of us) who would talk instead of learn by sneaking up behind us and whispering “Chicky, Chicky, Chicky” in our ears. BDE.

  4. to #9 Rav Shiff and R’ Mendlowitz were brothers-in-law and were NOT both married to a Greenbaum. R’ Shiff was married to my great-aunt Shulamis Mendlowitz.

  5. I remember when Rav Shiff came to get me out of class to inform me that my 1st cousin Aryeh Rosenwasser, O”H, had passed away at the age of 17. That was the very first levaya I attended (I was 16) Aryeh died of Cystic Fibrosis.


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