8 Shavuos Customs of Maran Rav Chaim zt”l

Rav Chaim zt”l did not put grasses, trees, or plants in his home nor in the Lederman shul on Shavuos. This was in accordance with the view of the Vilna Gaon (see Mishna Brurah 494:10). Rav Chaim zt”l avoided getting a haircut on Erev Shavuos itself, because of the danger involved in letting blood that…

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Rav Chaim zatzal on Lag BaOmer

A question was posed to Maran Rav Chaim zatzal regarding Lag BaOmer: What exactly is the joy that on Lag BaOmer the students of Rabbi Akiva ceased dying?  They were all gone – there were no more left!  That’s why they stopped dying. Rav Chaim answered:  Most of them died, but a minority were left. …

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Broken Engagements

Reb Naftali Weinberg in his Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Shidduchim had posed a queestion to Maran Sar HaTorah about whether one may ask a Shadchan to return the shadchanus if the engagement was broken. Rav Chaim zatzal ruled that one may not. Broken engagements are never a pleasant item of discussion, and there are often…

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Rav Chaim zatzal on Wedding Costs

It is well-known that wedding expenses are one of the most enormous costs that parents can have. Reb Naftali Weinberger shlita (printed in his new Sefer, “Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Shidduchim” posed a number of questions on wedding expenses to Rav Chaim. Below are a number of those questions: At what point should parents start…

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When You Don’t Have Water..

It happens every so often, that one does not have water available.  The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 4:22) addresses this issue and writes that in such a situation one should use a midi d’menaki – an item that cleans.  The question is, however, how is this done?  Does one merely wipe both sides of the…

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Attending a Sefardic Minyan For a Shidduch

Someone posed a question to Maran Rav Chaim zt”l about shidduchim: There are numerous young men and you women that are having difficulty finding their zivug. Does Maran have a suggestion for them? Rav Chaim t”l suggested that they should have in mind during Birchas Kohanim that their zivug come quicker. The question was further…

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Staying Up Late at Night

Rav Chaim was asked by a Rosh Yeshiva the following question: I often tell my talmidim to get an early start in the mornings and not to stay up late.  They respond that there are many stories of Gedolim who stayed up late at night to learn.  What should I tell them? Rav Chaim zatzal…

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6 Brachos Rulings from Maran HaRav Chaim zt”l

Brachos Psakim from Maran HaRav Chaim Kanievsky zatzal Generally speaking the ruling of the Mishna Brurah is that if one is not drinking water for pleasure or thirst then one does not recite a bracha.  What if one is drinking cold water on a hot day or hot water on a cold day? The custom…

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