An incident occurred on Sunday at the home of Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky. Eliyahu Erand, one of the askanim of Degel Hatorah arrived at the Rabbi’s house with a long-time member of the Histadrut whose grandson is supposed to undergo a complex surgery next week.
“I walked into the Rav Kanievsky’s house with him while he brought his grandson, who is 14-months-old. We went to request a Bracha so that the surgery would go well,” Erand relayed. “To his surprise, Rav Kanievsky said that the child was a goy (a non-jew). We tried, again and again, to get Rav Kanievsky to bless the boy, but he refused each time and gave us the same answer stating that the child was a goy.”
“When we exited, the grandfather told me that the family has been unable to give the child a Bris Mila up to this point for medical reasons. He will have his circumcision as part of the complex surgery,” Erand explained.
The pair were persistent, especially once Erand knew the reason for Rav Kanievskey’s response.
“We returned to Rav Kanievsky. The grandfather explained the situation to Rav Chaim that the baby whom he had just seen had not yet been circumcised due to medical reasons, and that the doctors were about to perform a complex surgery on the baby during which he would receive a circumcision and that the grandfather was asking for a blessing.”
Rav Chaim then gave the child his standard Bracha of “Bracha Vehatzlaha.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)