Reuven Feinstein

Sholom Reuven Feinstein (Hebrew: שלום ראובן פיינשטיין) (born August 1937) is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Staten Island, New York.[2] He is the youngest son of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the leading posek of post-war America.[3]


Reuven Feinstein
Rabbi Reuven Feinstein
Reuven Feinstein
SpouseShelia (deceased)
Parent(s)Moshe Feinstein and Shima Kustanovich[1]
OccupationRosh yeshiva
PositionRosh yeshiva
YeshivaYeshiva of Staten Island
ResidenceStaten Island


Rabbi Reuven Feinstein,
at his desk

Rabbi Reuven Feinstein is the youngest of the four children of Rabbi Moshe and Shima (Sima) Feinstein and the only one to be born in America. His older siblings — Faye Gittel (deceased), Shifra (deceased), and Dovid (deceased) were all born in Lyuban, Russia (now part of Belarus), where Rabbi Moshe was the city's Rav until 1937.[1]

Feinstein joined his father in establishing the Yeshiva of Staten Island in 1966. He has served as Rosh Yeshiva (head of school) of the yeshiva ever since.[4] As did his late brother Dovid Feinstein, he upholds their late father's stance against an eruv for Manhattan.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife, Shelia (Chava Sara) died on August 8, 2018 after suffering severe injuries in a motor vehicle accident.[7] They both were in the car,[8] and the incident "from she was originally expected to recover, occurred on July 24." They married "in the early 1960s." She had been a public school teacher, then a public school principal, and later on English principal of a girl's yeshiva.[9] Her survivors included their children, and "grandchildren and great-grandchildren."


  1. ^ a b "Great Leaders of Our People: Rav Moshe Feinstein (1895–1986)". Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Rav Reuven Feinstein to Visit BoysZone Today". August 6, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  3. ^ Goldman, Alex J. (September 1986). The Greatest Rabbis Hall of Fame: A Who's Who of Distinguished American Rabbis (Jewish Hall of Fame). S.P.I. Books. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-933503-14-4. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  4. ^ A Century of Grandeur. New York, NY: Mesivthe Tifereth Jerusalem. 2006. p. 93.
  5. ^ "Newcomer Rabbinic Organization Launches Lower East Side Eruv against Establishment View". The Jewish Press. September 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "A Translucent Wire in the Sky". The New York Times. June 15, 2007.
  7. ^ "Rebbetzin Shelia Feinstein, A"H". Hamodia. August 9, 2018. Hundreds gathered Thursday morning to mourn the petirah of Rebbetzin Sheila (Chava Sarah) Feinstein, a"h, the wife of, ybl"c, Harav Reuven
  8. ^ David Israel (July 25, 2018). "Rabbi Reuven Feinstein Released from Hospital". The Jewish Press.
  9. ^ Rivkah Lambert Adler (August 15, 2018). "Rebbetzin Sheila Feinstein, 79". The Jewish Press.

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