Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, founder and head of Torah Ohr Yeshiva in Kiryat Mattersdorf and New York, is hospitalized at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in serious condition. He was taken to the hospital on Friday just prior to the start of the Sabbath after feeling weakness.
Doctors report that the elderly rabbi's condition has deteriorated since his admission, apparently due to a systemic infection.
The elderly rabbi, born in Ostrov, Poland in 1910, is one of the premier leaders of the Lithuanian hareidi religious movement. He is famous for the dozens of layers of tzitzit (fringed four-cornered garment) that he wears daily.
Despite his age, the rabbi has remained active in the daily affairs of yeshiva life, including in fundraising for the institution and in responding to Jewish legal questions.
In 1965, Rabbi Scheinberg, his family and his driver, Rabbi Asa Wittow and family, moved into the newly-developed neighborhood of Mattersdorf from New York, where he has previously established the Torah Ohr Yeshiva in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. The rabbi established Israel's Torah Ohr yeshiva that same year, first in Givat Shaul and then eventually moving it in 1971 to its present building in Kiryat Mattersdorf.
At present, nearly 800 rabbinic students attend Yeshiva Torah Ohr in Israel, including more than 500 post-graduate Torah kollel scholars.
The public is being asked to pray for HaRav Chaim Pinchas ben Yosefa.