it is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of the Mattersdorfer Rov, Rav Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld zt”l.
Rav Ehrenfeld was a son of the previous Mattersdorfer Rov, Rav Shmuel Ehrenfeld zt”l, who passed away in 1980. Rav Shmuel founded Yeshivas Chasan Sofer in Brooklyn, New York, and founded the neighborhood of Kiryat Mattersdorf in Yerushalayim.
Rav Simcha Bunim was a great-great-great-grandson of the Chasam Sofer through the Chasam Sofer’s daughter Hindel, who married Rav Dovid Tzvi Ehrenfeld.
His father, Rav Shmuel, was born and raised in Mattersdorf, Austria. Rav Simcha Bunim was named after his father’s father, Rav Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld, rov of Mattersdorf.
The Rov’s mother, Rebbetzin Rochel, was a first cousin of her husband, Rav Shmuel, as she was a daughter of his uncle, Rav Dovid Tzvi Ehrenfeld. Rav Simcha Bunim had one brother, Rav Akiva, and sisters, who married Rav Shmuel Binyomin Fisher, Rav Binyomin Paler, Rav Simcha Schustal, Rav Moshe Cohen and Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan.
Rav Simcha Bunim was a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel of America.
He passed away early this morning.
The levayah will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Yeshiva Chasan Sofer, located at 1876 50th Street, at the corner of 18th Avenue, in Boro Park. The aron will then be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there.
Yehi zichro boruch.