It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rebbetzin Sarah Rasya Borenstein a”h, wife of Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak. The Rebbetzin passed away on Shabbos at the age of 66 following a protracted illness.
Rebbetzin Borenstein was a daughter of Rav Yosef Leib and Rebbetzin Miriam Kleiner. Rebbetzin Kleiner was a daughter of Rav Avrohom Yitzchok Bloch zt”l, the famed rosh yeshivah of Telz in Lita.
Rav Yosef Leib and Rebbetzin Miriam moved from Germany to Eretz Yisroel and settled in Tel Aviv.
Rebbetzin Borenstein was a talmidah at Bais Yaakov in Tel Aviv, the Sharansky Seminary, and the Gateshead Seminary in England. Amazingly, as a single girl, the Rebbetzin wrote a number of “kuntreisim” on various hashkafah topics.
Rebbetzin Borenstein married Rav Shmuel Yaakov in 1970 and was devoted to her illustrious husband for the next 43 years with tremendous devotion. She served as a mechaneches in various mosdos, while her husband became rosh yeshiva in Chevron Yeshiva in Geulah and then, about seven years ago, at Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak. Her mesirus nefesh, humility and constant thinking of others were remarkable middos that characterized the special person she was. She was a true Rebbetzin in every sense, but carried herself with such simplicity, hiding her greatness from so many.
The levaya began following the conclusion of Shabbos at her home on Rechov Harav Landau in Bnei Brak, where divrei hesped were delivered by Rav Binyamin Rimmer, a rosh yeshiva in Yeshiva Kiryas Melech and son-in-law of Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv zt”l; Rav Dovid Cohen, rosh yeshiva of Chevron Yeshiva in Givat Mordechai; Rav Chaim Mordechai Ausband, a rosh yeshiva in Yeshiva Kiryas Melech; Rav Chananya Shiff; and husband of the nifteres, Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein.
Kevurah took place on Har Hamenuchos near the kevorim of her parents.
The Rebbetzin and her husband did not merit to have children.
She is survived by her husband, Rav Borenstein, and her siblings, Rav Yitzchok Kleiner, Rav Yaakov Kleiner, and Rebbetzin Shternbuch.
Yehi zichrah boruch.