“He was the moshiach of the generation”.

Daisy sent me this chesped, where Rav Berland is eulogising R’ Chaim Kanievsky.


It’s around six minutes long, with Hebrew subtitles.

For those who don’t speak Hebrew, Rav Berland explains how he and his family lived next to R’Chaim for 20 years, and were very close.

R’ Berland says that his children used to go to BatSheva Kanievsky (R’ Chaim’s wife) to eat after school between the ages of 6 and 15, because Rabbanit Berland had a job teaching in school that kept her there until 4pm.

He says R’ Chaim never took his head out of a Torah book, and that even just seeing him for a second could inspire a person to go and learn Torah for 120 years.

He also says that R’ Chaim’s passing is an atonement for our generation, and that in his zchut, no-one should be harmed in Eretz Yisrael, from the decree to ‘destroy and annihilate’ the Jews (using the language of the Purim megillah).

And that R’ Chaim specifically passed away after the reading of Megillat Esther (where we read about the Tzaddik HaDor, Mordechai, saving his generation from the decree of destruction), as an ‘atonement’ for the sins of this generation.


If I misrepresented anything in the free translation above, by accident, let me know in the comments and I’ll fix it.

But the true tzaddikim are sweetening everything…

In hidden and revealed ways.


I also want to publically apologise for suspecting R’ Chaim of not being a true tzaddik, with all the false statements that were being put out in his name, around forcing people to take Covid shots.

It’s hard to imagine the amount of spiritual bizayon his soul must have experienced, knowing that the people around him were hurting Am Yisrael – in his name!

Which is why, I guess, his passing is also going to be such a huge ‘atonement’ for what’s gone on with all this, and at least part of how all this starts to be sweetened.


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4 replies
  1. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    Thank you for posting this, Rivka. I also want to apologize publicly for saying some things that were not very positive about Rav Kanievsky, ZT”L.

    However, I spoke with my son yesterday, who knows a Rav who was very close to Rav Kanievsky ( his mother is in Yerushalayim). He told my son that saying that Rav Kanievsky wasn’t of clear mind ( regarding the declarations about the shots) is Lashon Hara, because he himself went to the Rav very recently and he was completely clear-headed.

    I have no clue about it, just reporting what that rav said -I can give you his name if need be, although I am not sure he would like to have his name exposed on this blog; and the truth is, sometimes he himself is not exactly of a clear head either!

    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      I would prefer to think that R’ Chaim had dementia, there’s lots of evidence supporting that, and saying you believe someone has dementia is not lashon hara.

      My grandmother also had dementia, or something very like it, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t be lucid for 5 minutes, still, sometimes.

  2. Rachel in NY
    Rachel in NY says:

    I had wondered if Hashem’s taking him at this time was a sort of kindness, both for us and for him, on account of the way he has been used to support the narrative. Looking forward to the time when all the truth will come out.


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