Rav Chaim Sarna zt”l


rav-chaim-sarna[Photos below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Chaim Sarna zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Chevron Geulah, at the age of 82.

In recent years, Rav Sarna had ceased delivering his shiur at the yeshiva due to illness. Thousands had davened for the recovery of Rav Yaakov Chaim ben Pesha Miriam. He was niftar in Yerushalayim.

Rav Chaim was born in the city of Chevron on 9 Adar I in 1929 as the only son of his father, Rav Yechezkel Sarna, and his mother, Rebbetzin Pesha Miriam, daughter of Rav Moshe Mordechai Epstein, rosh yeshiva of the Slabodka Yeshiva in Kovna.

Rav Chaim was just six months old when the 1929 riots took place in Chevron, culminating in the tragic Chevron Massacre. It was at that time that the Chevron Yeshiva moved to Yerushalayim’s Geulah neighborhood, where Rav Chaim was raised.

Rav Chaim, in his youth, learned at the Lomza Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah and at the Chevron Yeshiva.

In the 1950s, he married his wife, Rebbetzin Rochel, daughter of Rav Aryeh Malkiel Friedman zt”l.

Following his marriage, Rav Chaim served as the right-hand to his father, Rav Yechezkel, in the running of the Chevron Yeshiva. He was also very involved in the publication of his father’s writings.

In  1962, at the age of 33, Rav Chaim began delivering shiurim at the yeshiva, becoming renowned in the Olam Hayeshivos for the breadth and depth of his learning.

Following the petirah of his father, Rav Chaim was appointed as rosh yeshiva of the Chevron Yeshiva together with his uncle, Rav Moshe Chevroni zt”l, as well as Rav Simcha Zissel Broide zt”l and his brother-in-law, Rav Avrohom Farbstein zt”l.

Rav Chaim authored the sefer Be’er Lechi Ro’i on the Rambam.

Rav Chaim is survived by his only daughter, Rebbetzin Sarah Yehudis Soloveitchik, wife of Rav Boruch Soloveitchik, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Zev in Yerushalayim and son of Rav Moshe Soloveitchik zt”l, rosh yeshiva in Zurich.

The levaya was held this afternoon at the Chevron Yeshiva on Rechov Chagi in Yerushalayim. Kevurah took place on Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

See below for photos of the levaya:

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. there are a lot of misstakes here. first of all rav moshe soloveitchik was rosh yeshiva in lucerne. 2nd rav chaim opened his own yeshiva-chevron geulah. he did not yarshen his father’s yeshiva-chevron givat mordechai. there are more misstakes but i have no time to be your editor.

  2. R’ Chaim did Yarshen his father’s yeshiva in Givat Mordechai. He only moved back to Geulah a few years after being Rosh Yeshiva in G.M.