Chaim Kanievsky

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky
Personal details
Birth name Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky
Born (1928-01-08) January 8, 1928
Parents Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky
Miriam Karelitz
Spouse Batsheva Esther Kanievsky
Children Chana Steinman,
Leah Koledetski,
Rabbi Avraham Yeshayah Kanievsky,
Rutie Tzivion,
Rabbi Shlomo Kanievsky,
Brachah Braverman,
Deena Epstein,
Rabbi Yitzchak Shaul (Shuki) Kanievsky[1]

Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky (born January 8, 1928), is an Israeli rabbi and posek living in Bnei Brak, Israel.[2] Kanievsky is considered a leading authority in Haredi Jewish society.


A visitor seeking the rabbi's advice

Kanievsky was born in Pinsk to Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (also known as the Steipler Gaon) and Rebbitzen Miriam Karelitz, sister of Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz (also known as the Chazon Ish). He married Batsheva Elyashiv, daughter of Rabbi Yosef Sholom Eliashiv (grandson of Rav Shlomo Elyashiv, also known as the Leshem) and granddaughter of Rav Aryeh Levin (known as the "Tzaddik of Jerusalem").[3]

During the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, Rav Kanievsky, then a student at the Lomza Yeshiva, was conscripted for temporary army service in the general mobilization. He was assigned to stand guard on a large hill near Jaffa.[4]

Rav Chaim's wife died in 2011. He lives in Bnei Brak and receives thousands of visitors every year from Jews seeking religious advice.[5] Kanievsky is the official rabbi and spiritual guide for the nonprofit organization Belev Echad which was founded in Israel on 2011 and is dedicated to assist sick and disabled children and adults.

Published works

Kanievsky is the author of many works of Jewish law, such as Derech Emunoh ("The Path of Faith"), on agricultural laws, Derech Chochmoh ("The Path of Wisdom"), on the laws of the Jewish temple rites, and Shoneh Halachos (a systematic presentation of the popular work Mishnah Berurah). His halakhic rulings on prayer are recorded in Ishei Yisroel, and rulings pertaining to Shiluach haken are recorded in Shaleiach T'Shalach.

Statements and rulings

Kanievsky ruled that reporting instances of sexual child abuse to the police is consistent with Jewish law.[6][7]

Kanievsky has made several statements that indicate he feels the coming of the Messiah is immenent.[8][9][10]


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