Rav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky, one of the generation’s leading Lithuanian Torah scholars, passed away at his home in Bnei Brak on Shushan Purim (March 18). He was 94 years old.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky was blessed with a photographic memory and a humble spirit. His influence extended far beyond his Lithuanian community, as the entire Orthodox population viewed him as a true scholar of unparalleled religious knowledge. Rabbi Kanievsky assisted many individuals from all walks of Jewish life.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky maintained a breathtaking schedule, waking at two a.m. for a rigorous 17-20-hour-a-day Torah study. He completed an incomprehensible amount of material each year, including the entire Tanach, the Babylonian Talmud, the Jerusalem Talmud, Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, the Code of Jewish Law, the Midrash, the Zohar, the Tosefta, and the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria, known as the Arizal.

Even though Rav Chaim’s time was highly structured, and he kept to a rigorous schedule, his wife, Rebbetzin Kanievsky, fully supported him and motivated him to learn Torah. Someone once made Rav Chaim a generous offer, but it would involve him to spend a couple of minutes not dedicated to Torah study. Rav Chaim asked his wife for advice. She nixed the idea, saying that the few additional minutes of Torah learning were worth more to her than anything else in the world.

Rav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky is survived by his children: Rabbi Avraham Yeshayah Kanievsky, Leah Koledetski, Rutie Tzivion, Rabbi Shlomo Kanievsky, Brachah Braverman, Deena Epstein, and Rabbi Yitzchak Shaul Kanievsky; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A daughter, Chana Streinman, predeceased him in 2014.

HaMakom y’nacheim osanu v’chol beis Yisrael.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

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Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo-Shalom

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah

Misha Moshe ben Tamara

Meir Yaakov ben Esther

Shlomo Hartzel ben Eka

Chaim Zanvil ben Sarah Dinah

Reuven HaKohen ben Golda

Amram ben Perla

Arkady Avraham ben Mazal

Itai ben Ahuvah

Eliyahu ben Rachel

Pinchas Yitzchak ben Beila

Yosef Gideon Yaakov ben Peninah

Yaakov Reuven ben Brachah

Rachamim ben Rachel Leah

Tzvi ben Ratza

Refael ben Alizah

Chaim ben Shula


Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

Rachel bas Edith

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Gittel bas Malkah

Mira Gitta bas Beila Mariasha

Adele bas Sofia Sarah

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