TEHILLIM FOR THE GADOL HADOR: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Tests Positive For COVID-19

HaRav Chaim absorbed in his regular seder limud on Erev Sukkos after testing positive for COVID-19.

Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, 93, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, Erev Sukkos. Baruch Hashem, his condition is good and he is at home learning his regular sedarim as usual under close medical supervision.

HaRav Chaim’s family members stated: “Due to changes in the Rav’s temperature, the Rav was tested and was found positive for the coronavirus. B’Siyata Dishmaya, the Rav is currently feeling well and is continuing his sidrei limud as usual and of course, is under close medical supervision.”

Meanwhile, a number of HaRav Chaim’s grandchildren and other members of his household – including his driver – received positive results from the Covid-19 tests that they took over the past few days.

HaRav Kanievsky has been in pro-active-isolation for a number of months and only receives visitors from behind a clear divider.

The public is asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam b’soch shaar cholei Yisrael.



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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. “If they could find this virus in you at all, and with PCR if you do it well you can find almost anything in anybody. It’s starts making you believe in the sort of Buddhist notion that everything is contained in everything else, right I mean cause if you can amply one single molecule up to something which you can really measure, which PCR can do, then there’s just very few molecules that you don’t have at least one single one of in your body. OK. So that can be thought of as a misuse of it, just to claim that it’s meaningful….Those tests are all based on things that are invisible and the results are inferred in a sense. PCR is separate from that. It’s just a process that is used to make a whole lot of something out of something. It doesn’t tell you that you are sick and it doesn’t tell you that the thing that you ended up with really was going to hurt you or anything like that.”
    Kerry Mullis, Inventor of the PCR, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, talking about PCR and its use as a diagnostic tool for HIV. Mullis died last year before the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

  2. Mullis was an interesting character. He was a stoner surfer, famous more for his admitted frequent use of hallucinogens like LSD and his love of surfing. He even claimed that LSD had helped him to develop PCR.

    He didn’t understand epidemiology at all. He bought into Peter Duesberg’s AIDS denial! That helped kill even more people than Trump’s COVID-19 incompetence. In any case, it is impossible for a PCR test to be a false positive but it is correct that it doesn’t necessarily predict course of the disease.

  3. Stay Calm: Agreed….its no big deal and likely fake news by those wanting to create panic within the frum tzibur. While some of us will daven for the Rav and those around him a refuah shelamah, no need for the rest of you to waste your precious time on davening on his behalf.

  4. Thanks for posting a quote that was taken out of context and spread by conspiracy theorists and Russian bots! The truth is that viral PCR testing requires a minimum threshold viral load to be accurate. It won’t offer a positive outcome for one molecule! Shoiteh!

  5. Refuah shaleimah! Please everyone daven and give tzedakah as a zechus for HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam b’soch shaar cholei Yisrael!