[LETTER IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
As Operation Pillar of Defense is in its sixth day, we see the miracles of HKBH as only 3.5% of the over 650 rockets launched against Israel have landed in urban area and the overwhelming number of attacks ended without injuries or even property damage.
Last week, Thursday Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5773 to be exact, the first siren sounded in the Gush Dan area, which included Bnei Brak. Many residents were eager to consult with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita following the siren alert to learn what advice the gadol hador has as rockets continue to pound Eretz Yisrael. Many wished to learn what to do towards calming themselves down following the siren in Bnei Brak.
Rav Kanievsky told the hundreds who inquired to simply remain in Bnei Brak, for the Torah city may rely on the words of the Chazon Ish ZT”L, that there is nothing to fear in Bnei Brak due to the zchus of the limud Torah and bombs will not land in the city.
[CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE] Despite this, the increasing volume of inquiries continued as residents wished to confirm the rav’s words vis-à-vis the promise of the Chazon Ish and if this applies to us today. The rav responded with a personal letter, a chizuk to residents, telling people those seeking a safe place should come to Bnei Brak. This letter appears on the front page of Yated Ne’eman.
כדאי הוא ר”ש לסמוך עליו בשעת הדחק (ברכות ט’ א’), ור”ש ס”ל בספרי עקב סי’ ל”ח אין זה קידוש ה’ שדברי צדיקים קיימין בחייהן ובטלין לאחר מיתתן (ולא יתכן כן).
וא”כ כשהחזו”א זצ”ל אמר שבבני ברק לא יהי’ פצצות כמו שהעיד הגה”צ רא”צ טורצין זצ”ל בודאי יתקיים גם היום ואין לפחד כלל”. על החתום, מרן הגר”ח קנייבסקי.
The letter was written to calm residents as the sirens continue to wail in Gush Dan, and Rav Kanievsky himself promises the tzibur that they are safe in Bnei Brak.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)