Reb Shlomo Chai Nathan z”l


candle-small5It is with great sadness that we report the passing Reb Shlomo Chai Nathan, who was niftar after suffering a massive stroke on Shabbos. He was  92. The levaya was held yesterday at Shmorei Hadas Chapels in Brooklyn.

Reb Shlomo Chai was known as “The Prince in Middos” and was beloved and respected by everyone who knew him.

Born and raised in Shanghai, he was part of a small group of people that was at the dock greeting the Mirrer bochurim as they came off the boat. He was looked upon by his contemporaries as an expert in all of tanach, halachah and in the Iraqi Sefardic mesorah. He was also an expert Ba’al Kriah in both the ashkenazic and sefardic traditions.

A self-made man, Reb Shlomo Chai was a person with uniquely deep feelings and love for Torah. Incredibly, he began learning Gemara when already in his sixties, joined the daf yomi program and – for thirty years – with iron determination – never missed the daf until his last day.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Tzivya (Harriet) Nathan, who with extraordinary devotion, cared for his every need for close to six decades, his sons, Rabbi Ezra Nathan, Rabbi Barry Nathan, Rabbi Moshe Nathan, Mr. Isaac Nathan, his daughter Mrs. Katie (Chani) Miller, grandchildren and great grand children and his sister, Mrs. Helen Jacob.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Shmiel Newscenter}


  1. Each time I visited his home, on the shtender was a sefer open to the current blatt. A brief stay in the kitchen to eat his meal, a brief trip to pick up the mail…and then back again to his waiting sefer. Even the time spent going to the elevator was used to chazer. “Who knows how much time I have left.” A true eved Hashem who lived in the world of emes even as he physically resided in the olom hasheker.

  2. Boruch dayan emes.

    I knew Mr. Nathan for many years when he lived in Kensington. I don’t think I have ever known a nicer person! He was the ultimate mentsch and will be sorely missed. Please be a meilitz yosher for your wife, children and all of us.

  3. I am really sad to hear this. Aside from being so well versed in halacha and dikduk, Mr. Nathan was a true gentleman in every sense of the term. This is a big loss for all those that knew him. May Hashem comfort his family.