Yomim Al Yimei Melech Tosif: Marking Maran Rav Elyashiv’s Shlita 100th Birthday


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In the presence of family members and a small number of close friends and associates, Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv on Monday night is marking his 100th birthday in a modest event held in his Meah Shearim home.

Rav Elyashiv was Zoche seeing the birth of a sixth generation a number of months ago, a great grandchild to Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, a son to his great grandchild, R’ Yonatan Hoenigsberg.

Rav Elyashiv keeps to his busy schedule, delivering his Shiurim, and seeing dozens of people seeking advice, Brachos, and Halachic questions.

Mat he be Zoche to greet Moshiach in our days!

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. with all due respect this does not belong advertised like this it should be kept PRIVATE
    as per the wishes of the gadol “modest event held in his Meah Shearim home”

  2. Mazal Tov! He should live untill 120! By the way, what was meant by that last comment. I thought everybody is going to greet Moshiach whenever it comes!

  3. Did Rav Eliashiv express his wishes to “jewish source”? Of course he had in in his house. Where else should he have made it, in Binyamei ha’Umah?

  4. to #3

    The Ben Ish Chai writes (Sorry I do not remember on which Parsha) that he celebrated his birthday yearly with a seudas Mitzvah, and I think he had a special tefilla that he composed for that occasion. He also celebrated the week after his birthday, his BRIS day, also with a special tefillah.

  5. PachadYitzchakFan The Chofetz Chaim celebrated his 80th and 90th birthdays, so “I guess that was the shita of” the Chofetz Chaim too. You can be sure that they didn’t celebrate it the way other people do. I’m sure Rav Eliashiv gave shevach ve’hodah to Hashem for his long life and we should continue davening on his behalf.

  6. Both the Ben Ish Chai and the CHaSaM Sofer wrote that it is proper to express gratitude to HaShem Yisborach on one’s birthday. The Ben Ish Chai writes it was both the minhag in Bagdad and his personal minhag to celebrate/commemorate each birthday and not only milestones e.g. 60, 70, etc. as is reported was the shita of Chofetz Chaim. The CHaSaM Sofer, as reported by the Ben Ish Chai was of the opinion that the date a boy should celebrate is the day of his bris (from which the word birth is likely derived). Perhaps he also says that only milestones should be marked (I don’t remember).

    Either way, it is certainly not a non-Jewish idea and 100 years qualifies as a milestone so Celebrating would be l’ol ha’dayos.

    Ad me’ah v’esrim.

  7. PachadYitzchakFan, I guess there are a lot of things you don’t know. Perhaps now you can be accepting of things others do of which you are not familiar

  8. Mazel Tov to the Rav and may we all be Zoche to witness more and more Torath HaShem from this unique individual. Mazel Tov and Ashreyi Haam shekacha lo.

  9. Dear Halacha

    You seem pretty quick to jugde me that I am not accepting of others. Where did that come from?

    I think avi732’s explanation is more likely. This is probably a seudas hodah that he has reached such an advanced stage of srichas yamim

  10. CORRECTION! His Great Granchild had a GRANDCHILD!! He has Bli AY”H a few Great Great Grandchildren already, This one is his GREAT-GREAT-GREAT Grandhild!! may hebe zoche to many more years and may we be zoche to have him lead us to be mekabel moshiach bekorov amen

  11. the custom of giving praise on ones birthday starte from a amoira in the talmud who celebrated his 60th birthday as a celebration of him pass the age of korays. this is way before the time of the above listed dignitaries.ironically the torah lists 1 birthday that of pharoh!