one of the top rulers of the israeli occupation, the spiritual leader of the lithuanian haridians, governor haim kanyevsky, has died at the age of 94.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday said, “Together with all the people of Israel, I received with deep sorrow the news of the death of the greatest of the generation, the late Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky.
“Despite his greatness in the Torah and in public, the rabbi made sure to always receive every person with an open heart and light eyes,” he continued. “He was a true public leader, who from his humble home in Bnei Brak led tens of thousands of the people of Israel – in wisdom, in common sense, in rare proficiency.”
President Isaac Herzog said, “Love of the Torah, his modesty, humility and spiritual leadership will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family, students and loved ones.”
Leader of Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox Community Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Dies at 94.
Chaim Kanievsky Cause of death:
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, leader of the non-Hasidic stream of Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodoxy in Israel died on Friday. He was 94.
He had tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, amid a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus in his family and among his associates.
Rabbi Kanievsky died at his home in Bnei Brak. No details regarding his funeral were immediately available.
He was considered one of the two leaders of the non-Hasidic Lithuanian stream of ultra-Orthodoxy, together with Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the head of the Ponevezh Yeshiva.
For years, Kanievsky refrained from taking on the public leadership of the community, but following the death of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman in 2017, who was considered the last “maran,” a title given to exceptionally respected rabbis, Kanievsky began providing guidance to his community.
Known as the “minister of Torah” in the ultra-Orthodox community, he was seen as a unique and very different leader from his predecessors in the Lithuanian community – Shteinman, and Rabbis Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Eliezer Schach. His leadership was seen as Hasidic in style in some respects, despite the division in Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodoxy between the Lithuanian and Hasidic communities.
Kanievsky drew on blessings and the power of “righteousness,” in a break from the scholarly approach of other leaders. He would issue directives rather than engaging in consultations, and his decisions were delivered on the spot, unlike his predecessors and his fellow leader, Rabbi Edelstein.