WATCH THIS: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Tells Netanyahu’s Adviser “Cut Your Bangs, But Leave Your Payos”


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Yonatan Orich and Ofer Golan, close advisors of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who are currently under police investigation, visited the home of Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky to receive a bracha on Wednesday morning.

Orich and Golan were investigated by the police for alleged harassment of state witness Shlomo Filber, who testified against Netanyahu in Case 4000. As part of the investigation, the men’s private cell phones were confiscated, which raised a storm of criticism toward Israel Police.

Rav Kanievsky’s grandson explained to his illustrious grandfather that the men want a bracha that the police investigation should end without undue trouble.

Rav Kanievsky, who at times requests kabbalos before agreeing to a bracha, first instructed Orich, who is religious, to get a haircut, referring to his long bangs, but added “but not the payos.” The Rav then blessed the two men.

“It was very moving. I was zocheh to the Rav’s bracha with a warm welcome and a smile,” Orich told B’Chadrei Chareidim. “I believe and hope that b’ezrat Hashem and in the zechus of the Rav’s bracha, we’ll see yeshuos very soon.”

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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. This is hysterical but totally plausible coming out the same day two Ukrainian/Israeli operatives working for the Trumpkopf’s personal lawyer/fixer (Herr Guiliani) pleaded “not guilty” to a federal indictment, Trump denies knowing them (notwithstanding photos of them together in the oval office) and one of the two indicates he is prepared to “flip”. Bibi and Donald are each other’s beschert. Hopefully, the Rav’s gabboim will show a bit more common sense next time they bring in two indicted political hacks for a baracha.

  2. I grew up with the expression, “If you don’t have something good to say, then don’t say it”. I wish commentators would think things through before randomly posting whatever’s on their mind.

  3. Any Jew is welcome by a true tzaddik and deserve a bracha. Breaking a law is not necessarily as bad in the eyes of Hashem as something you may do every day so don’t be so quick to judge.

  4. Re: Herr Guiliani,
    Come now, GH.. you posted on the other thread about discriminatory labeling of genders , didn’t you?
    You mean X Guiliani, no ? Or Undecided Rudy.. The “tzibbur” would like to know.