Rav Chaim Shmuel Niman zt”l


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Chaim Shmuel Niman zt”l, longtime mashgiach of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens, NY. He was 88 years old.

Rav Niman was a decades-long talmid of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, having arrived to learn there shortly after World War II. This came full circle when he was later appointed as mashgiach of the yeshiva, a position that allowed him to share with the talmidim from his wellspring of Torah and hashkafah.

Rav Niman’s ahavas haTorah was legendary. He maintained a close relationship with the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, Rav Henoch Leibowitz zt”l, as well as Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg zt”l, who served as mashgiach at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim before moving to Eretz Yisroel over a half century ago. Rav Niman drank in the Torah and novella of these two Torah giants and virtually every gadol baTorah he met, an indication of his love for every word of Torah and his ahavas Hashem.

Rav Niman maintained copious notes of these chiddushei Torah, constantly putting pen to paper and recording the Torah he taught and heard.

His middos were sterling and, as such, he served as an outstanding role model for the talmidim of the yeshiva. A true mashgiach, his refined nature and the manner in which he communicated with each talmid taught unspoken lessons and reflected the ideals that he embodied.

He leaves behind his dedicated rebbetzin and seven children, all bnei and bnos Torah and marbitzei Torah following in his ways. His children include Rebbetzin Grunblatt, wife of Rav Akiva Grunblatt, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens today together with Rav Dovid Harris.

The levaya will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, located at 76-01 147th Street in Flushing, NY 11367.

The levayah will be livestreamed here on Matzav.com.

The aron will then be flown from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah on Har Hamenuchos in Yerushalayim. The kevurah will be preceded by a levayah tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the main parking lot of Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com / Photos: Flash 87 Images}


  1. Tragedy. I’m totally tzubrochen. Rabbi Niman was a one-of-a-kind rebbi. He encouraged me to be bold and take chances with attempts at being Mechadesh Torah and not be timid, hesitant or intimidated about the fallout or the criticism if the Chiddush didn’t ultimately pan out (‘it has to be Muchrach’). His words of encouragement carried me throughout my professional legal and public speaking careers. Rabbi Niman put me on the chessboard of the Sugyah, vesting me with its outcome, making me a player in the game, instead of being a passive observer. He will be sorely missed. BCC