Updated: Photos: Estimated 18,000 Attend Lakewood Levaya of Rav Chaim Stein zt”l; Thousands Attend Yerushalayim Levaya


levaya-of-rav-chaim-stein[Photos below. Updated with Yerushalayim levaya photos.] An estimated 18,000 people attended the levaya of the zekan roshei hayeshivos in the United States, Rav Chaim Stein zt”lrosh yeshivaof Yeshivas Telshe-Cleveland, yesterday afternoon in Lakewood, NJ, following a levaya held in the morning in Cleveland. The levaya at the Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, Ohio, began at approximately 9 a.m.  Thousands listened in via audio hookups on Kol Halashon and other phone networks, and a live video broadcast was attended by a large crowd in the chupah room of Bais Faiga Hall in Lakewood, NJ.

At the levaya in Cleveland, hespeidim were delivered by Rav Avrohom Chaim Levin, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Telshe-Chicago and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel of America; Rav Shlomo Eisenberg, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Telshe-Cleveland; Rav Shalom Shapiro, rosh kollel at Yeshivas Telshe-Cleveland; Rav Yaakov Michoel Hirschman, rosh kollel of Kollel Avreichim of Toronto and a mechutan of Rav Chaim; Rav Binyomin Moshe Stein, elder son of Rav Chaim; Rav Menachem Levin, son-in-law of Rav Chaim and R”M at Yeshivas Telshe-Cleveland; Rav Shmuel Zalman Stein, son of Rav Chaim and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Birkas Chaim of Lakewood; and Rabbi Yosef Aryeh Stein, a grandson of Rav Chaim.

Following the levaya in Cleveland, the aron was flown via private jet – courtesy of the Klein family of Cleveland – directly to Monmouth Executive Airport, formerly Allaire Airport, in Belmar/Wall Township, NJ, arriving at about 1:45 p.m. The aron was then taken to Lakewood, where a levaya was held at Beth Medrash Govoha at 2 p.m.

Gedolei Torah v’yirah, including Rav Chaim Epstein, Rav Shlomo Miller, the Skverer Rebbe and Rav Avrohom Gurwicz, traveled to pay a kavod acharon to Rav Chaim zt”l.

Rav Yaakov Busel, Rav Yosef Eichenstein, Rav Shimon Alster, Rav Shloima Mandel, Rav Yosef Mermelstein, Rav Nissin Goodman, Rav Elya Kanarek, Rav Yosef Savitzky, Rav Shmuel Simcha Horowitz, Rav Yisroel Ehrlich, Rav Berel Shachar, Rav Shmuel Abba Olshin, Rav Yaakov Schnaidman, Rav Chaim Bressler, and veteran Detroit mechanech Rav Shmuel Kaufman were among the many rabbonim at the Lakewood levaya.

Hespeidim were delivered in the Bendheim Bais Medrash of the Adolph and Ethel Beren Building on the yeshiva‘s campus on Seventh Street, between Forest Avenue and Lakewood Avenue, with live audio hook-ups throughout the yeshiva and outside to accommodate the crowd of approximately 18,000, which filled the streets surrounding the yeshiva.

In Lakewood, hespeidim were delivered by Rav Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha; the Novominsker Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Perlow, Rosh Agudas Yisroel; Rav Yeruchem Olshin, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha; Rav Yaakov Horowitz, rov of the Telzer Minyan of Boro Park and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Meir; Rav Dovid Goldberg, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Telshe-Cleveland; Rav Avrohom Ausband, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of Telshe Alumni of Riverdale; Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, rosh yeshiva of Mesivta of Lakewood and Yeshivas Telshe; and Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha.

Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, had been scheduled to deliver a hesped but was unable to attend.

Thousands listened into the Lakewood hespeidim via live audio hookups on Kol Halashon and other phone networks, and the hespeidim were also broadcast live on 107.9-Kol Berama, Lakewood’s frum radio station.

The levaya was held with a heavy security presence from the Lakewood Police Department, with snipers visible on the roofs of the surrounding buildings. On 12-hour notice, the Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Management, Chaveirim and others, made the necessary arrangements to handle the enormous number of people. Attendees were asked to park their cars in the Clifton Avenue area to minimize the congestion in the vicinity of the levaya.

Following the hespeidim at Beth Medrash Govoah, at about 4 p.m., the aron was escorted down Seventh Street and up Forest Avenue toward County Line Road accompanied by the massive crowd of thousands.  The aron was then taken to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for a 7 p.m. flight to Eretz Yisroel.

This morning, upon arrival in Eretz Yisroel, the aron was slated to be brought to Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim, where hespeidim were to be delivered by the rosh yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, and others.

Kevurah will take place on Har Hamenuchos in Yerushalayim, near Rav Meir Shapiro of Lublin, founder of Daf Yomi, of which, as is well known, Rav Chaim Stein completed about 9-10 cycles.

See below for photos of the levaya in Cleveland:

See below for photos of the video hookup at Lakewood’s Bais Faiga Hall of the levaya in Cleveland:

See below for photos of the levaya in Lakewood:

See below for photos of the levaya at Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim:

{Matzav.com Newscenter/Photos: T. Landau/Mocom Media-M. Ort/YYT-64/Yair Alpert}


  1. what a kiddush hashem in each place.
    Halevai it should only be for happy occasions

    to #5 IF KLAL YISROEL WOULD DO TESHUVA & not keep on pushing it off these 3 gedolim that have passed away could have been avoided & lived longer.

    START TRSHUVA NOW to avoid future teagedies C”V

    may all these tzaddikim neshamos have an aliya


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