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Jerusalem - Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky: “There Will Be No Bombs in Bnei Brak”

Published on: November 20, 2012 10:38 AM
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Jerusalem - Concerned that their city might also become a target for Gazan missiles, many religious Jews in Bnei Brak have turned to Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky for advice as tensions continue to escalate in Israel and the threat of a ground war in Gaza remains imminent.

Seeking to allay the fears of his neighbors, Yediot Ahronoth reports (http://bit.ly/SbQyFl) that Rabbi Kanievsky published a letter on the front page of the Yated Ne’eman wherein he promised that “there is nothing to be afraid of” because “there will be no bombs in Bnei Brak.”

Rabbi Kanievsky, the nephew of the Chazon Ish, cites his uncle’s words as evidence that the residents of Bnei Brak will be protected, saying, “When Chazon Ish of blessed memory (Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz) said that there will be no bombs in Bnei Brak…that will certainly happen today, too,” Rabbi Kanievsky wrote.

“The words of righteous men are not necessarily abolished after their death,” he added, as a means of explaining that the Chazon Ish’s promise still holds true.

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It is well-known that during the Gulf War, missiles landed in cities surrounding Bnei Brak, but not a single missile landed inside the city itself.


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM DRE53 Says:

It should be noted that reb chaim nevertheless encourages people to run to shelters when the siren goes off.
This is not something to play games with.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM Anonymous Says:

If I recall, there were Gedolim who said the yidden shouldn't run away in the early part of WWII too.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM GottaHaveEmunah Says:

Wow! A lesson in Emunah Pshutah from the Sar HaTorah!
Isn't there also a Midrash that says - "פתי יאמין לכל דבר" - on Moshe Rabbeinu? that after all his מדריגות he still still believed in Hashem with Emunah Pshutah

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM ross Says:

If im not mistaking he said as long there is kedishas shabos

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM common-sense Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

If I recall, there were Gedolim who said the yidden shouldn't run away in the early part of WWII too.

What an idiotic comment. Where should they have run to? No country, including the US, would let them in. The British blockaded Eretz Yisroel so yidden could not go there. There were a relatively few who braved the British blockade, but the numbers of Jews who got out were relatively few.
There was a Yiddish song written (also sung by Steve Lawrence in Yiddish and English - you can hear it on YouTube), entitled "Vi Ahin Zol Ich Gein," lamenting the tragic fact that Jews did not have anywhere to go because, as the song says, "yeder tir is far mir farmacht, " meaning every door is locked for me.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM Shlomo2 Says:

Rabbonim had said as well that no harm would come to Kiryat Malachi -- this was just before three frumme yidden were killed there.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM NeveAliza Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

If I recall, there were Gedolim who said the yidden shouldn't run away in the early part of WWII too.

... and we know what happened to them.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM Berele Says:

reply to #2 Those who urged to stay at wwII was not because they ''promised'' nothing will happen, they just believed that the odds of something this bad are low, and the probablams facing relocation are extremely difficult, they choose staying above leaving. but nobody promised anything and surely not in writing as bold as this letter from Rabbi Knievsky

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM lamdan Says:

Apikorses from all of you making fun from Rav Chaim someone who knows everything there is to know before making such a statement he has true daas torah

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM Wise-Guy Says:

Pardon me, but your comment is narrow-minded.

Reb Chaim's intentions are that the residents of Bnei-Brak do not need to escape (to the north), and there should not be Bittul-Torah.
And perhaps it also implies that they should invite other Israelis to seek refuge in Bnei-Brak until the crisis passes. (And maybe join a Yeshiva or Kolel during their stay.)

Hashem gives extra protection to "The city of Torah".
It's that simple.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM The Chabad Rebbe Says:

The chabad rebbe used to quote a posuck that g-d is constantly watching the whole Israel but that we must push the government to do more. He said giving back land was dangerous - like we see Gush Katif is now a launching sight - He said its not too late to correct the mistake and take back the land that was given and stop talking about giving away more.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM Yossel Says:

So please explain why a Scud hit Bnai Brak in the first Gulf war.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM Zevee Says:

Just so I understand....Bnei B'rak is "protected" but Yerushalayim, Tzfas, Tveriah, etc. had better watch out because the Chazon Ish and Reb Chaim didn't say they were under this special umbrella.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #5  
common-sense Says:

What an idiotic comment. Where should they have run to? No country, including the US, would let them in. The British blockaded Eretz Yisroel so yidden could not go there. There were a relatively few who braved the British blockade, but the numbers of Jews who got out were relatively few.
There was a Yiddish song written (also sung by Steve Lawrence in Yiddish and English - you can hear it on YouTube), entitled "Vi Ahin Zol Ich Gein," lamenting the tragic fact that Jews did not have anywhere to go because, as the song says, "yeder tir is far mir farmacht, " meaning every door is locked for me.

not idiotic at all some could have gone but listened to the gredolem and died and that is a fact

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #11  
Wise-Guy Says:

Pardon me, but your comment is narrow-minded.

Reb Chaim's intentions are that the residents of Bnei-Brak do not need to escape (to the north), and there should not be Bittul-Torah.
And perhaps it also implies that they should invite other Israelis to seek refuge in Bnei-Brak until the crisis passes. (And maybe join a Yeshiva or Kolel during their stay.)

Hashem gives extra protection to "The city of Torah".
It's that simple.

let him open a yeshiva on a border town and protect the people there and why not move from place to place like the iron dome to protect Jews

put his faith to the ultimate test

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 03:34 AM Wise-Guy Says:

Reply to #16  
shredready Says:

let him open a yeshiva on a border town and protect the people there and why not move from place to place like the iron dome to protect Jews

put his faith to the ultimate test

Reb Chaim was just quoting and reaffirming the words of the Chazon-Ish Z'L.

Why didn't the Chazon-Ish include other cities? In the next life we could ask him, but for now I'll just assume that in his day Bnei-Brak was the greatest Torah center in all the land. Plus it had the least Chilul-Shabbos. So they earned the Tzaddik's blessing (which doesn't have an expiration-date...)

Reb Chaim Kaniesky Shlit'a didn't utter this promise, so it doesn't make sense to question him about motives.

BTW, no Scud missile exploded in Bnei-Brak (during the Gulf war).

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 04:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
shredready Says:

let him open a yeshiva on a border town and protect the people there and why not move from place to place like the iron dome to protect Jews

put his faith to the ultimate test

shredready, we can always count on you for new stupidity.

Glad you have ideas of what he can do to prove things to you, like that is one of his concerns. Why would he put his faith to the ultimate test, as you say, and move his yeshiva from place to place, no small or cheap job, just to prove something to you? Why would he care to go to any expense or inconvenience (and this would be plenty of both) to prove anything to a chimpanzee like you? Why would he owe you that?

Please crawl back under your rock and stay there. What a foolish, ignorant little man you are!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:19 AM Greener Says:

And those who bought the Segulah wine pushed by R' Kanievsky are also guaranteed that no grad missiles will come down on them. Since I don't live in BB and didn't buy a bottle I head for the shelter when the Color Red siren goes off. So far it has worked fine.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Yossel Says:

So please explain why a Scud hit Bnai Brak in the first Gulf war.

just to let you know Bnei Brak was NOT hit by one scud in the Persian Gulf. In fact it landed just outside. Please check your facts before speaking.

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