Rav Kanievsky Shlita Uses New Becher


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cbe.jpgIt is a well-known fact that HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita does not seek to derive pleasure from this world, distancing himself from items of comfort. It is also known that the Rav has on many an occasion distanced himself from gifts for the same reason.

Rav Kanievsky came to the realization that his kiddush becher was no longer suitable to perform the mitzvah. HaRav Aaron Binah, the rosh yeshiva of Netiv Aryeh heard of the decision, jumping at the opportunity to purchase a new becher for the Rav, and he did just that.

According to a Chareidim report, Rav Chaim used the new large sterling becher on motzei shabbos Bereishis to make havdalah. The report adds the Rav is stringent to use wine and not grape juice for havdalah, which is a special segulah for those who join him, seeking a bracha for a son. The Rav is also stringent to drink a ‘rov kos’, a majority of the cup, which according to the report is no simple task since the new becher is considerably larger than its predecessor. Doing so would without a doubt compel one to head directly to bed to rest due to the volume of wine involved.

It was realized that the new becher was simply too large to drink a ‘rov kos’ and on erev shabbos, R’ Binah returned with two other cups, the same style as the new one, but both smaller, permitting the Rav to make havdalah this week and to drink as is his custom and head for melave malka.

In the meantime, discussion is underway as to who will merit receiving the Rav’s old becher.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. I do not KNOW the answer to #1’s question, but one possibility is this… Silver is a fairly soft metal, and many of you may have experienced that in the course of years of using a becher, the stem or base gets slightly bent. You can straighten in out, but in the bending back and forth it gets weaker and eventually the metal starts to break.

  2. i’m sorry for the comparison and in no means do i intend to be a letz

    but this sounds like a chassidishe maaseh
    R Chaim doing it as a segulah
    who will merit to receive the kos

    Are we now becomming like those chasids?
    why are we busy with such narishkeitan all day?
    We should be learning and interested in how many blat gemorah The Gadol Hador learned today, How shtark were his chidushim,.

    If we go down this road, who knows where this is going to lead us!

  4. I’m not mekabel the implied loshon Harah that Rav Kanievsky accepted the new kois as a gift. I have no doubt that he paid for it.

    The entire Kanievsky family is well known to all be sonei matonois.

  5. to mbachur: a segulah is not a chassidishe maaseh. they are brought down all of seforim, and to reb Feivel: why is it narishkeit to hear that R’ Chaim decided his Becher is not bkavod for a mitzvah anymore. The first guy that posted on this page didn’t even know that a becher can become not suitable for a mitzvah. You need to hear sometimes how gedolei hador pay attention to every detail to perform every mitzvah to its best potential and maybe we can learn something from it. By the way, R’ chaim finishes Kol hatorah Kula every year, and a leap year he writes a sefer. Now you know how much he learns

  6. outoftowner, show me where it is brought down. litvishers don’t really believe in segulas. the best segula is to daven and learn and that will IY”H get a yeshuah not some segula of a rav drinking wine

  7. This segula is actually a gemara Maseches Shavuos 18b. Amar Rav Chiya Bar Abba amar Rav Yochanan hamavdil al hayayin havyan leh banim zecharim. Learned from a pasuk. You are all a bunch of am aratzim. You should spend a bit more time learning!!