MembersProfile: Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Israel’s Leading Torah Scholar

Widely respected across all streams of Orthodox Judaism, Rabbi Kanievsky strove to adapt religious rulings to life in a reborn Jewish state

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Judaism, Orthodox Jews
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky at his home in the city of Bnei Brak.
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky at his home in the city of Bnei Brak. Photo: Yaakov Nahumi/Flash90

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky passed away on Friday at age 94. His funeral was expected to be the largest one in Israeli history. According to N12, the entrances to his hometown Bnei Brak were preemptively closed along with many roads into the Greater Tel Aviv area in anticipation of this gigantic funeral. Army Radio estimated that one million people would attend the funeral.

Rabbi Kanievsky was born on January 8, 1928 in Poland. He made Aliyah in 1934 and settled in Bnei Brak, thus escaping the Holocaust. He married Batsheva Elyashiv and was considered one of the most important and prominent Lithuanian Haredi rabbis in the State of Israel. He was known to have studied Torah for 17 hours every day.

Rabbi Kanievsky published over a dozen books including but not limited to a book titled Way of Faith, which discusses the religious commandments while living in the State of Israel. Rabbi Kanievsky was a major proponent of Aliyah. In 2015, he claimed that the Messiah may come...

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