Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Shlita
Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky was born in 1928. His father was the prestigious Steipler Rav, Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky and his uncle the Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshayah Karelitz.
In his youth Rabbi Kanievsky studied with his father the Steipler, and with his uncle the Chazon Ish. He also studied in Yeshivas Tiferes Tzion of Bnei Brak under Rabbi Yechiel Michel Lefkowitz, and later on in the Lomza Yeshiva of Petach Tikvah under the Rosh yeshiva Rabbi Yechiel Michel Gordon and the Mashgiach Rabbi Eliyahu Dushnitzer.
Later, he married the esteemed daughter of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Batsheva Esther z”l. Together, they had three sons and six daughters.
Furthermore, Rabbi Kanievsky is a great author. He has written many works including: Shona Halachos – a systematic presentation of the popular work Mishnah Berurah, Derech Emunah – on agricultural laws of Eretz Israel, Derech Chochmoh – on the laws of the Beis Hamikdash, Shekel Hakodesh – on the laws of Kiddush Hachodesh, Nachal Eisan – on the laws of Eglah Arufah, Siach Hasade, and many others. He is also an ardent supporter of the Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis Salant charity fund and has consistently encouraged and assisted the organization in every way possible.
Needless to say, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is revered as a holy and sagacious man and thousands of people visit him yearly, seeking his advice and blessings on various topics. He is considered to be our generation’s greatest scholar and halakhic Posek.