Tefillos for Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg


chaim-pinchos-scheinbergRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, senior rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Ore in Yerushalayim and rov of Kiryat Mattersdorf, has been hospitalized at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim. Rav Scheinberg marked his 100th birthday earlier this year.

Doctors detected a problem with Rav Scheinberg’s gall bladder and have reportedly given him medicine to address it. We are told that his condition was stabilized overnight and he is now responding to his family members.

Rav Scheinberg’s son, Rav Simcha Sheinberg, who was in the United States this week, cut his trip short and is returning to Eretz Yisroel due to his father’s condition.

Prof. Yonatan Halevi, director of Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center, is overseeing Rav Scheinberg’s care.

Rav Scheinberg is expected to remain in the hospital for Shabbos, with his family and talmidim remaining at his bedside around the clock. He will hopefully be able to return home next week.

Rav Scheinberg is a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in Eretz Yisroel. His wife, Rebbetzin Basha (Bessie) Scheinberg a”h, to whom he was married for 80 years, passed away over a year ago. She was a daughter of Rav Yaakov Yosef and Rebbetzin Aidel Herman zt”l, the renowned mokirei rabonon, machnisei orech and Torah pioneers in America.

Rav Scheinberg was honored this past year for his worldwide harbotzas haTorah at the annual Yeshiva Torah Ore Dinner. The yeshiva paid tribute to Rav Scheinberg’s 75 years of harbotzas haTorah and his tremendous hashpa’ah upon hundreds and hundreds of talmidim and the greater Olam HaTorah.

Rav Scheinberg was born in 1910 in Poland. He moved to the United States at the age of nine and attended public school. It was actually his father-in-law, Rav Herman, who got the young Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg out of public school and into a yeshiva. That relationship came full circle when Rav Scheinberg married his rebbetzin.

Rav Scheinberg attended Yeshiva Rabbi Jacob Joseph (RJJ) at the age of 14. He then learned at Rav Yehuda Levenberg’s Yeshiva Bais Medrash LeRabbonim in New Haven, Connecticut. At age seventeen, Rav Scheinberg learned at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon where he studied under the Meisitcher Illui, Rav Shlomo Polachek, as well as Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, and Rav Shimon Shkop (who lived in New York for a short period).

After marrying his rebbetzin at the age of 19, Rav Scheinberg and his wife moved to Mir, Poland, where Rav Scheinberg learned in the Mir Yeshiva for five years. The Rov and Rebbetzin were from a handful of Americans in Mir at that time.

Rav and Rebbetzin Scheinberg returned to the US and Rav Scheinberg became a maggid shiur at the New Haven Yeshiva, which ultimately closed in 1938. He then became the mashgiach at the Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens.

In the 1960s, Rav and Rebbetzin Scheinberg relocated from the United States to Israel, where Rav Scheinberg founded Yeshiva Torah Ore.

Rav Scheinberg’s genius in Torah was recognized at a relatively young age, when he authored the monumental seforim Tabaas Hachoshen. For many decades, Rav Scheinberg has led Torah Ore with selfless devotion to every talmid. Thousands of its alumni have gone on to become roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, rabbeim, and professional lay leaders of Jewish communities throughout the world.  The rosh yeshiva‘s teachings and seforim are disseminated by his talmidim across the globe.

The yeshiva has grown over the years, with a current enrollment of over 700 talmidim, including one of the largest kollelim in Yerushalayim.

Klal Yisroel is fortunate to have such a gadol in Torah and middos in our midst, a living link to the world of Torah of the early part of the last century, and a living example of what an American-raised boy can achieve, reaching phenomenal heights in Torah, ultimately becoming one of the gedolei Torah of Klal Yisroel.

May Hakadosh Boruch Hu give the rosh yeshiva koach and gezunt to continue teaching, guiding and inspiring Klal Yisroel for many more years.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Newscenter-Israel}


  1. I believe his name is (HaRav) Chaim Pinchas ben Yosefa (i was always taught not to say “HaRav” in tefillos)

  2. Correction. Rav Scheinberg started Yeshiva Torah Ohr in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1960 along with his brother Rav Shmuel Zt”l and his son in law Rav Chaim Dov Altusky Shlita (Chidushei Basrah). The yeshiva then moved itself to Yerushalayim in 1965. Some of his first talmidim when the Yeshiva was still in Bensonhurst were: Rav Meir Scheinberg (Rov, Orach Chaim), Rav Simcha Kaufman (Torah Temema – Camp Agudah), Rav Mordechai Dolinsky (author & former mashgiach in Torah Ohr), Rav Moshe Lewis (Rosh Hayeshiva – Shaare Chaim, Yerushalayim), Rav Yisroel Plutchok & Rav Mordechai Rennert (Roshei Yeshiva – Derech Chaim, Brooklyn)


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