Rebbetzin Channah Shteinman o"h
By M. Berger
Many thousands from the elite of the Torah world, headed by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, HaRav Nissim Karelitz and HaRav Gershon Eidelstein, and numbering many roshei yeshiva and rabbonim, escorted the esteemed and righteous Rebbetzin Channah Shteinman to her final rest. Wife of Rosh Yeshivas Kehillos Yaakov of Bnei Brak, HaRav Shraga Noach Shteinman, the Rebbetzin passed away on Monday at the unripe age of sixty-one.
The Rebbetzin was born on the 3rd of Teves, 5713, the oldest daughter of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky. Her mother was Bas Sheva o"h, daughter of HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv ztzvk"l. In this exceptional home with its illustrious heritage, she acquired an absorbing love for Torah, toil, and piety in all worthy attributes, with constant growth, but even in her early childhood, she already displayed her rich application of this nurture in her outstanding character.
She married HaRav Shraga Noach Shteinman in 5731, beginning her life's work with the full devotion and application reminiscent of ancient times, upholding the three solid pillars of the world's foundation. Throughout her days, she arose at dawn to recite Tehillim until sunrise. Her steadfastness and regularity were immutable to such a degree that her mother once said that she had inherited this trait from her grandfather of utilizing every moment productively, HaRav Eliashiv, as well as the trait of honesty and integrity which affected everything she did to a degree that is rare in this generation. This is attested to by the fact that she never missed one of the three tefillos a day, reciting them each with fervor and intensity.
Her devotion to her father-in-law, HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, was boundless. She was the one who came to prepare his main meal with the exactness which his health demanded, not too much or not too little. She exerted herself in helping around the house and making things as comfortable and practical as possible for his needs. The Rosh Hayeshiva often praised her tzidkus, saying, "She was always an eizer and never, ever a kenegdo."
The Rebbetzin left behind sons who are rabbonim geonim: HaRav Eliezer, Ra"m in the Ashdod Yeshiva Gedolah; HaRav Meir and HaRav Yaakov Yisrael, among the esteemed members of the Ponovezh kollel; R' A.Y., an esteemed member of the Breslov kollel; her sons-in-law, HaRav Gedaliah Honigsberg, Ra"m in Yeshivas Shaarei Torah; HaRav Yeshaya Cohen, Ra"m in Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo in Bnei Brak; HaRav Yisrael Geffen, Ra"m in Yeshiva Orchos Torah, and HaRav Moshe Mann, of the esteemed avreichim in the Beis Hillel kollel, besides grandchildren and grandchildren carrying on the illustrious family heritage.