Levaya Of The Mattersdorfer Rav, Hagaon HaRav Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld ZATZAL


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YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of the Mattersdorfer Rav, Hagaon HaRav Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld ZATZAL, a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel in America, and the Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Chasan Sofer in Boro Park.

The Rov had been in Maimonides Hospital the last few weeks, where he had been in serious condition. He was Niftar early Tuesday morning.

The Mattersdorfer Rov was the son of Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Ehrenfeld ZATZAL, the previous Mattersdorfer Rov, and assumed the mantle of leadership upon his Petira in 1980.

Rav Shmuel founded Yeshivas Chasan Sofer in Brooklyn, New York, and founded the neighborhood of Kiryat Mattersdorf in Yerushalayim.

Rav Simcha Bunim was a great-great-great-grandson of the Chasam Sofer, his great-grandfather, Harav Dovid Tzvi Ehrenfeld, zt”l, was the Chasam Sofer’s oldest son-in-law.

Rav Simcha Bunim had one brother, Rav Akiva, and sisters, who married Rav Shmuel Binyomin Fisher, Rav Binyomin Paler, Rav Simcha Schustal, Rav Moshe Cohen and Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan.

The Levayah will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30PM at Yeshivas Chasan Sofer, 1876 50th Street in Boro Park. The Niftar will be flown to Eretz Yisroel for a Levaya and Kevura.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…


  1. If the Rav’s great grandfather was a son in law of the Chadam Sofer then he is a great great grandson not a great great great grandson.

  2. Uncle Ben:
    The Rav’s great-great-grandfather was the son-in-law.
    The lineage is a follows:

    Reb Dovid Tzvi Ehrenfeld (Chasam Sofer’s son-in-law)
    Reb Shmuel Ehrenfeld (ChasaN Sofer)
    Reb Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld (Mainei Simcha)
    Reb Shmuel Ehrenfeld (the Rav’s father)
    Reb Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld (the Rav)

  3. Klal Yisroel has lost one of our Gedolim. This is a big blow and we must do all we can to continue to persevere in the ways our rabbonim have shown us.