Tefillos for Rav Chaim Stein shlit”a


rav-chaim-stein[Update below.] All of Klal Yisroel is asked to say Tehillim for Rav Chaim Stein, rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland and the zekan roshei yeshivos in the United States. Rav Stein has been hospitalized and is in need of rachamei Shomayim.

Rav Stein, who is now in his nineties, ka”h, has lived a life totally devoted to Torah and the perpetuation of Torah. A gaon in Torah and a gadol in middos, our generation is fortunate to have someone of such stature living in our very midst.

As one of the few remaining links to the bygone world of pre-war Europe, Rav Chaim continues to serve as a beacon of light and inspiration to the entire Olam Hatorah and the wider frum community.

Please daven for Rav Chaim Yaakov ben Chasya Miriam l’refuah sheleimah.

Update, 12:21 p.m. EST: Rav Stein is currently unconscious and is undergoing emergency surgery. All our asked to continue davening and learning in his zechus.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Askan:

    Thanks for the info. as if we didn’t know that already. The annnouncement here is not the tefilla, just an announcement. Furthermore don’t you think the Ribbono shel Olam cares if the announcement has Rav in it?

  2. The surgery started at 6:30. The Rosh Yeshiva was alert. Please be mispalel for Chaim Yaakov Ben Chasya Miriam Lerefua Shleima Bekurov ,

  3. To SDR, Askan was correct. The article listed the name to daven for as “Rav….”. For someone who’s not aware that we don’t give titles when davening for someone, this could have been misleading and caused them to make a mistake. The word “rav” should have been omitted.

  4. Other titles are not supposed to be said, Reb or Rav is ok. See Question #82 on Halacha For Today website

    82) Q: When praying for a distinguished Rav who is ill- Should the title “Rav” be included in a Mi Shebarach said publicly?
    Is it different in a private prayer? Is it different if one is praying for his “Rebbe Muvhak”?

    A: The accepted Minhag is to say the given name(s) ben the given name(s) of his mother, and not to add titles. Shlomo Hamelech, when he davened for his father dis not say “My father my master, King of Israel” rather he prayed for my “My father Dovid” (See Hagahos Rav Akiva Eiger to Shulchan Aruch 119:1). There is no difference if this is in a private prayer or in a public Mi Shebairach. Probably Dovid Hamelech was his son Shlomo’s Rebbi Muvhak, or at least would have the same status, yet still he didn’t use titles in the prayers.

    Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal (In the Ma’amarim in back of Halichos Shlomo on Tefilah, page 370) writes that a simple title of “Reb” is acceptable, as it has become the norm.

  5. I think the reason why we don’t say a title by ????? is since in ???? it’s all ???? ????, so Hashem judges the person if they have lived up to that title (??? ??? Rav Chaim??? ?? ?????? ???? has).
    Similarly, that’s why it’s brought down that it’s better for a person (the ????) to have his ???? be on ??? ??? (or any time when no ????? is said) since then there are no ??????, and he doesn’t have to live up to what’s been said.

    ????? ????? – ???? ??? ???? ?????

  6. RE:13. Comment from posek
    Time May 11, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    “the halacha is actually NOT to say rav or hakohen etc… …”

    The Rosh Yeshiva Rav Chaim Shlit”a told me to say HaKohen in davening for a Kohen. He told me it was part of the name

  7. Rav Chaim, shlita, B”H is resting comfortably after a successful surgery yesterday. Keep him in your tefillos, though.