Dovid Feinstein

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein (Hebrew: דוד פיינשטיין; 1929 – November 6, 2020) was a Torah scholar and halachic authority, considered by many as the leading halachic authority in the United States in the 21st century. He served as the rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem yeshiva elementary and high school and kollel, inheriting the position after the passing of his father Rabbi Moshe Feinstein in 1986. He was also a prolific and erudite author, penning at least 9 books on such topics as halacha, Torah and the Jewish calendar, as well as some very popular Passover Haggadahs.


Dovid Feinstein

Rav Dovid Feinstein, photo from Hamodia.jpg
TitleHarav Rosh Yeshiva
DiedNovember 6, 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 91)
SpouseMalka Feinstein
ChildrenBerel Feinstein
Gittie Fishelis
Mordechai Feinstein, Moshe Shmuel Yaakov Feinstein
DenominationOrthodox Judaism
Jewish leader
PredecessorRabbi Moshe Feinstein
PositionRosh yeshiva
YeshivaMesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem
Main workKol Dodi
OtherMoetzes Gedolei Hatorah
Artscroll Board of Trustees
Yahrtzeit19 Cheshvan (next occurs on November 3, 2023)
ResidenceLower East Side, New York, NY

His brother, Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, is rosh yeshiva of the Staten Island branch of Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem.


Rabbi Dovid Feinstein was born in 1929 in Lyuban (in present-day Belarus), where his father Rabbi Moshe Feinstein served as a rabbi of the community. He was named after his paternal grandfather, who was descended from the brother of the Vilna Gaon. When he was eight, his family moved to Manhattan, where he would reside until his death.[1][2] He died at the age of 91 in 2020.[3]

Kol DodiEdit

The title Kol Dodi (Hebrew: קול דודי) originated in the 1970s, when Rabbi Feinstein's father was still alive, and Rabbi Feinstein would not allow his own name on the cover.[4][5][6][7] Hence:

  • Kol Dodi – the first three letters of Dodi (Hebrew: דודי) spell the name Dovid (Hebrew: דוד);
  • the cover uses David rather than Dovid.

Dodi means "My Beloved", and can be a reference to God.

Stone Chumash Masoretic notesEdit

Within ArtScroll's Stone Chumash, at the end of each Parsha there is an explanation, authored by him, of that Parsha's Masoretic note.[8]


  1. ^ Weisberg, Moshe. "אבל כבד בעולם התורה בארה"ב: הגאון רבי דוד פיינשטיין זצוק"ל". Bechadrei Chareidim (in Hebrew). Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Karman, Binyomin Zev (November 8, 2020). "Hagaon Harav Dovid Feinstein, Zt"l — Chasdei Dovid Hane'emanim". Hamodia. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Kol Dodi – Seasonings of the Torah.
  5. ^ Kol Dodi on Megillas Ruth.
  6. ^ "Kol Dodi on the Torah".
  7. ^ Kol Dodi Torah Comments Insights.
  8. ^ The Stone Edition – חמשה חומשי תורה. p. 289. ... , R'David Feinstein, who interprets these Masoretic notes, ...

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