The 9 Days

9 Days Danger Maran zt”l was asked whether it is permissible to go to the beach or to the pool in the 9 Days? And he replied: “It’s a danger.” 9 Days Flight One of Maran’s associates, zt”l, consulted with Maran z”l whether to go abroad, for an important matter that would bring great benefit…

Read More

18 Eclectic Q&As With HaGaon HaRav Shaya Kanievsky Shlita

HaGaon HaRav Avrohom Yishayahu Kanievsky shlita is Maran Rav Chaim zatzal’s son and was meshamesh him for many years.  A Rav is asked a question, but he knows that the person asking the question will not listen to him.  Should he avoid answering the question and “lessen” the severity of his not listening or should…

Read More

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…

Read More

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. …

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More