Born into a family with a famous respect for Torah scholars, Hinda Faivelson dedicated her life to building a family dedicated to Jewish values. She passed away on April 14 during Passover.

Her father, Tzvi Shalom (“Harry”) Schiff, had close relationships with many of the leading Torah scholars of his day; in a famous encounter, one yeshivah dean referred to him as “the richest man in America.” When those present expressed their wonderment—knowing Schiff’s middle-class lifestyle—the rabbi noted how meritorious Schiff was, having children and sons-in-law who were diligent and studious Torah scholars.

Indeed, Faivelson’s husband of more than 60 years, Rabbi Shmuel Faivelson, was a committed Talmudic academic. They lived in Lakewood, N.J., for several years before relocating to St. Louis to assist in the founding of a new yeshivah there.

In 1965, they moved back to Monsey, N.Y., where Shmuel taught and mentored students at Yeshivah Bais Shraga. In the mid-1980s, he founded Bais Medrash L’Torah yeshivah.

Faivelson’s dedication to encouraging Torah study became the stuff of legend. Even in their first year of marriage, she encouraged her husband to host study groups, focusing on the Talmud, in their home until the wee hours of the morning. She often partnered in his learning.

Shmuel became ill in the last decade of his life, and Hinda gave herself over completely to caring for her husband until his passing in 2017.

She is survived by their seven children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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