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Rabbi Chaim Heller

December 18th, 2007 · 34 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
81-14 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 718-821-1060
Fax: 718-381-1551
Contact: Todd Ivler


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: 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

Photo Caption: Rav Chaim Heller’s passport picture, Credit: MCA
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. Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Belkin, President Yeshiva University
Heller Chaim Yeshiva Ad
Photo Credit: Rabbi Scranton Miller, c. 1922

Credit: Yeshiva University

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Chaim Heller

Tags: Mount Judah Cemetery - Queens · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Rosh Yeshiva

34 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.

  • 29 Rabbi Stern // Nov 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rav Soloveitchik met for the first time in Berlin at Rav Heller’s apartment.

  • 30 m m milch btl // Nov 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Very interesting ! I was wondering who was rav Heller zt”l ??

  • 31 abraham bukspan // Nov 30, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I am trying to get a copy of the hesped Rav Soloveitzik z`l said for Rav Heller. It was translated into english. If anyone has it I would be very grateful.

    it has to do with the following chazal.
    The Medresh (Bereishis Rabba 91, as well as Talmud Yerushalmi berachos 20b) writes that after the death of Rebbe Simon, Rebbe Levi made mention this incident [the shevatim finding the money and then becoming mortified] in his eulogy for Rebbe Simon. He said, “The shevatim found something, [the money] and it says, ‘Their hearts left them” and we, who have lost Rebbi Simon – all the more so!”
    Rebbe Levi was comparing the finding of the money -and the reaction of the shevatim- with our loss of Rebbe Simon –and the like reaction we should have. If they bemoaned their finding something valuable like the money, then we should certainly bemoan the loss of the chochom, Rebbe Simon.

    The connection between the events is far from clear. The shevatim were not bemoaning the finding of money, a seemingly good thing, but the sudden appearance of the money that they had spent on the food. They now were rightly fearful of being accused of a crime. What does lamenting an impending criminal accusation have to do with the lamenting the loss of a Torah sage? What did Rebbe Levi see in the apprehension and concern of the shevatim that would be suitable to be said at a funeral or hesped of a gadol batorah?

  • 32 Shlomo Shulman // Jan 18, 2019 at 12:05 am

    The famous hesped is the lead article in the book entitled Shiurei Harav.
    1974 Edited by Joseph Epstein
    It is readily available in most Shul Libraries that have seforim from the Rav.
    Here is a link to see the TOC
    Looks like Amazon has it for 17 and change.
    Good luck.

  • 33 heller // Feb 9, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I am searching info on the parents (shoemaker in BIALYSTOCK) of Max Heller my father.Max Heller was born 1911 Bialystock and left poland in 1918 to join his uncle in USA.Francis Heller

  • 34 Amir // May 14, 2019 at 5:51 am

    The Chaim Heller that i am looking for moved to NYC from Romania before WWII. He had a kosher hamburger restaurant during the 50’s and 60’s.

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