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Rabbi Chaim Heller

December 18th, 2007 · 28 Comments

Rabbi Chaim Heller

חיים ב"ר ישראל פינסקער

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS)

Date of Death: Mon. April 11, 1960 - Nissan 14 5720
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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Society: TIF ISR OF N Y, Section: 1, Block: T, Gate: 5, along side Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: HELLER, CHAIM

Biographical Notes:

Heller Chaim pic
Photo caption: Rav Chaim Heller, Credit: RIETS
Heller Chaim pic Numbers
Photo Caption: 1. Rav Dovid Lifschitz, Suwalker Rav, 2. Rav Moshe Shatzkes, Lomza Rav, 3. Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, R”Y RIETS, 4. Rav Chaim Heller, R”Y RIETS, 5. Dr. Shmuel Belkin, Presiden of RIETS
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Photo Credit: Rabbi Scranton Miller c. 1922

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Chaim Heller

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Jul 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    He was the editor of the famous “Reb Chaim Heler’s Sefer Hamitzvos l’haRambam”. The Chofetz Chaim said, that after his sefer hamitzvos the old one is a ספר שאינו מוגה.

  • 2 Azi // Jul 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    R’ Chaim Heller was born in Bialystock in 1878. While still in Eastern Europe he was a Rav in Lomza. He published Sefer Hamitzvot in 1914.

    In 1917 he moved to Berlin and five years later opened a yeshiva where most of the students also attended the University if Berlin.

    He left Berlin for New York in 1929. He moved to Israel and Chicago before ending up in New York for good.

    A bio of R’ Heller can be found in “Chochmas Yisroel B’Maariv Europa” and there is a published hesped by R’ Yosef Dov Solovetchik.

  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    there’s a beautiful biography on Rabbi Heller in Toldos Anshei Sheim available on

  • 4 Rabbi Stern // Jul 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

    In addition your grandfather wrote a moving eulogy in the Hamaor (the first addition that came out after his passing.)

  • 5 vivanssinger // Sep 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

    i just read a few weeks ago that my grandfather reb chaim of blessed memory won the tel aviv prize in bible in 1949

  • 6 MBD // Sep 21, 2009 at 11:09 am

    What is the tel aviv prize in bible?

  • 7 curios // Feb 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Was he related to the prestigious Heller family of the “Amudei Ohr” and his brothers?

  • 8 bruce elliott // Apr 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Two of his grandchildren reside in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY. Alexander T. Singer (Girard Street and Vivian Singer (Amherst Street) They are the children of the late Rabbi Dr. Joseph I. Singer (Rabbi Manhattan Beach Jewish Center for 50 years) and the late Rebecca Heller Singer

  • 9 Amir Gorewitz // Jul 25, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Do you know if he is related to the Hellers from Sighet, Romania?

    Do you know about the Heller that had a kosher hamburger resturant in NYC?

    Thank you

  • 10 curios // Jul 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I think he was from Lithuania.

  • 11 avrohom lieberman // Jul 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Can anyone confirm that Nachman Heller , wrote many books in hebrew and english, a rabbi in many American communities was his older brother?

  • 12 curios // Jul 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

    That’s what it says here:

  • 13 YD Miller // Jul 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Here you have it clear:
    This is the Tehilim which Rev. Dr. Nachmen heller wrote in lyrics, where in the begining it tells a story that reads as follows:
    “A couple of days ago, in a Shul in New York Rev. Dr, Nachmen Heller of Charlston, West Verginia spoke and delivered a Pilpul in English about Real estate in Talmud (?), Since Dr. Heller is a true Lamdun and the brother of the new rav of Lomza, Poland rabbi Chaim Heller he even stated the Pilpul with the traditional Gemure Nigun….
    Prof. Getzel Zalikowits for Taggen-Blatt Sept. 8 1912”

  • 14 YD Miller // Apr 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Here is the Sefer Daniel with a Pirush from Reb Nachmen Heller brother of Reb Chaim:

  • 15 VSINGER // Feb 12, 2013 at 9:16 am


  • 16 Avrohom Lieberman // Apr 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    for VSINGER

    Can you please clarify how you know that. Both have the same name for their father, born in the same place and as you can see from the comments quoted in #13 above it is so stated. Was there another R. Chaim Heller?

  • 17 asher lowy // Mar 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Rav Heller is 3rd from right.

  • 18 Yitzchok Kahn // Oct 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Dear ASher Lowy,
    Thats a great picture! Can you tell us who is in the picture? I recognise Rabbi Soloveitchik and Rav Lezer Silver. Who are the others?
    Yitzchok Kahn

  • 19 Azi // Oct 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    The two on the far right are tolner rebbe brothers

  • 20 Azi // Oct 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Picture is from professor isadore twersky ‘s wedding to atara silovetchik

  • 21 curios // Oct 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Sitting 3rd from left is Rav Dovid Lifshutz, Suvalker Rav.
    Standing with the top hat I assume is the Chosson.

  • 22 Moshe Escott // Oct 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    The picture mentioned above is discussed and detailed about 2/3 of the way down here:
    All of the rabbis are identified except for the one on the far left.

    A different scan of the same picture exists here:

  • 23 Andre Heller // Apr 5, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Dear all,
    I am searching info on Nachman Heller, my grandfather’s grandfather, I believe. They were from the somewhere around the city of Wolkosvky in Poland/Belasrus area. His wife, Hinda Heller, was originally Hinda Lipschtiz – which could have some connection to the Rav Dovid Lifschitz in the picture…
    Any info highly would be appreciated!
    Andre Heller

  • 24 Rabbi Stern // Apr 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Rav Chaim David Regensberg of Chicago was the Rav’s, son-in-law:

  • 25 Deborah Heller // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:33 am

    My great grandfather’s name was Chaim Heller, who died in Romania in 1891. My grandfather (his son) was born after he died and named for him. My grandfather came to the US in 1914, and by the time he enlisted in the US Army, began using the name Charles Heller.

    My question: are there any known family connection of Rabbi Dr. Chaim Heller to Romania? I wonder if there is some family relationship? Thank you!

  • 26 Amir // Nov 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    My grandmother is from Sighet Romania. Her father was Shalom Heller. They moved to Antwarp Belgium between WWI and WWII. I don’t have any more information about his family.

  • 27 weisz@ // Nov 27, 2017 at 10:19 am

    the hellers of sighet are descendents of the kezot

  • 28 Ken Drabinsky // Nov 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I am researching the well-established (non rabbinical) Nachum Heller family originating in Slonim / Vlokovysk area (lumber industry). Many moved to Moscow and Berlin and eventually Canada. If you have additional information it would be well received, t hanks.

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