Rav Moshe Steinmetz zt”l


candle-small6It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Moshe Steinmetz zt”l, longtime maggid shiur in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. He was 87.

Rav Steinmetz, who resided in Boro Park, served in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas for nearly 60 years, raising generations of talmidim, imbuing in them a love of Torah.

Rav Shteinmetz spent most of his life in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, having learned there in his younger years. He was a talmid of the rosh yeshiva of Torah Vodaas, Rav Shlomo Heiman zt”l, and was zoche to be meshamesh Rav Shlomo for many years. After spending years learning as a talmid in the yeshiva, Rav Moshe came full circle to serve as a R”M in the yeshiva for decades.

Rav Steinmetz is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Faiga Steinmetz, and five children, Rav Yosef Shmiel Steinmetz of Boro Park; Rivky Steinmetz of Boro Park; Mrs. Esther Basch of Monsey, wife of Rav Yaakov Basch; Mrs. Hindy Herzka of Lakewood, wife of Rav Yissochor Herzka; and Rav Shlomo Hersh Steinmetz of Boro Park. Rav Steinmetz was predeceased by one son.

The levaya was held today in the bais medrash of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. The niftar requested that no hespeidim be said at the levaya. Brief remarks at the levaya were delivered by Rav Kaplinsky of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, and by the niftar‘s son-in-law, Rav Yissochor Herzka.

Kevurah took place in the Floral Park Cemetery in Deans, NJ.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. Is that RAv Yaakov Basch, who used to be with STAM? if so, he is sitting shiva this week as well for his father, the former butcher from Cleveland.

  2. Rav Steinmetz z”l was my rebbi in seventh grade. He was a phenominal rebbi. Patient, kind, explained very well. I loved him.

    I heard that when Rav Shlomo Heiman was sick he asked that Rav Steinmez say tehilim for him because he was an ehrliche bochur.

    Yehi Zichro Boruch

  3. There is a story about his reb reb shloma when he was on his deathbed he asked that they bring in 2 chairs one for reb akiva eiger and one for reb chaim ozer.Reb moshe stiemets was the talmid that bought the 2 chairs in.He had the zechus to be in the same room as these two great torah giants. The reason for the chairs is the gemara bm the fifth perek that someone who works his whole life to answer his saying that person comes to be mellave him.So to reb sholma worked his whole life to answer reb akiva eiger and reb chaim ozer. im sure reb sholma was mellava my rebbe reb moshe stiemets

  4. In which chelka in Floral Park was the Rebbi buried?
    The first day Slichos, many visit there, and may want to be mispallel near his kever.

  5. yes – it is Rav Yakov Basch – his father was the butcher in Cleveland, but they moved to Chicago about 10 years ago – he was beloved by all in Chicago and was called Zeide Basch, by young and old alike. May the Basch family know of no more tz’aar.

  6. i also had the zchus to learn with (junk)shmeel basch in peekskill (a very geshmake guy) and heard great great stories about reb moshe and i can tell you he instilled a geshmakkeit in all his children and grandchildren