Rabbi Chaim P Scheinberg
Hebrew: הרב חיים פינחס שיינבערג
|Death:||Died in Jerusalem, Israel|
|Place of Burial:||הר הזיתים, חלקת הנביאים, Jerusalem, Israel|
Son of יעקב יצחק Scheinberg and יוספה Scheinberg
|Occupation:||Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Ore; Mora D'Asra of Kiryat Mattersdorf; and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah|
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About Rabbi Chaim P Scheinberg
Rabbi Scheinberg was born circa 1910 in Poland, the son of a tailor. He moved to America at the age of nine and he attended public school, afterwards he left to attend the Rabbi Jacob Joseph yeshiva (RJJ) until the age of fourteen. He then studied in Rabbi Yehuda Levenberg's Bais Medrash LeRabbonim Yeshiva (at the time located in New Haven, Connecticut). At seventeen Rabbi Scheinberg progressed to the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, now affiliated with Yeshiva University. There he learned under Rabbis Shlomo Polachek - known as the "Meitcheter Illui", Moshe Soloveichik and Shimon Shkop (who lived in New York for a short period). Scheinberg received semicha from Rabbi Borch Ber (Bemechitzosom book by R. Shlomo Lorincz Z"L).
After marrying the daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Herman at the age of 19, the couple embarked for the Mir Yeshiva in what was then Poland (and is now Belarus), where he studied for 5 years. The Mir had very few American students, although his brother Shmuel Scheinberg and others such as Rabbi Shachne Zohn and Rabbi Nosson Wachtfogel (future Mashgiach of the Lakewood Yeshiva) also learnt there.
While studying in Mir, Rabbi Scheinberg once visited a leader of Ashkenazi Jewry at the time, the Chofetz Chaim. When informed of a group of students who had travelled all the way from America in order to learn Torah, the Chofetz Chaim was not overly impressed. He quipped, "If G-d came down all the way from heaven to earth in order to give us the Torah, a student can be expected to travel from America to Europe in order to learn His Torah".
Upon returning to the USA, Rabbi Scheinberg became a faculty member of his alma mater, the New Haven Yeshiva, which ultimately closed in 1938. He then became the Mashgiach at the Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim founded by Rabbi Dovid Leibowitz.
In the 1960s, Rabbi Scheinberg relocated from the United States to Israel, where he has lived since. Among other things, he is famous for wearing many layers (numbering perhaps near one hundred) of tzitzis at the same time. Although he has never publicly revealed the reason, one conjecture is that he does this to satisfy diverging rabbinical opinions as to exactly how this mitzvah must be fulfilled. Another is that he took on this practice while his daughter was ill so that he took the wearing of the multitude of tzitzis upon himself as a vow, resulting in increasing mitzvos being performed in her merit.
He is popular among students at yeshivas geared towards American students due to his fluency in English and his familiarity with the issues faced by American Orthodox teenagers studying in Israel. Scheinberg is the Mora D'Asra (akin to "Chief" Rabbi) of Kiryat Mattersdorf, and is also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah.
His son-in-law was Rabbi Nisson Alpert.
On October 21, 2009, Rabbi Scheinberg's wife Basya died after a marriage of 80 years, one of the longest on record.