Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky On The Peleg: Like A Sheep Without A Shepherd


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During the past four days, the actions of Peleg protesters have been shown over and over again in the news as well as the print media, leaving a growing number of Israelis questioning how chareidim can act in such a fashion. There are already too many stories of persons, including avreichim and their wives, who were delayed for hours due to protests, which appear to have led to countless hours of bitul torah.

The attached statement was signed by the Gadol Hador, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita pertaining to the Peleg faction of the litvish chareidi tzibur following four consecutive of protests and mounting violence and attacks against police and other law enforcement agents.

Additionally, Rav Chaim in his letter, Rav Chaim is alluding to the recent actions by Peleg Bochrim against the head of the Ohr Yisrael Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Yigal Rosen.

It is pointed out that all Peleg-affiliated rabbonim agree that violence, blocking streets and attacking law enforcement agents is absolutely prohibited – but when it occurs, no one speaks out.

שמעתי ותרגז בטני אשר בזמן האחרון כבוד התורה מושפלת עד שאול תחתית על ידי כמה ריקים פוחזים שבזו אחד מגדולי מרביצי התורה בדורנו שליט”א בהתנפלויות שונות שאי אפשר לעלות על הכתב כצאן אשר אין להם רועה רק אין יראת אלוקים במקום הזה וגו’ אוי לנו שכך עלתה בימינו

אשר ע”כ עלינו להתחזק מאד בתורה מדה כנגד מדה ועל ידי זה נזכה לרומם קרן התורה הקדושה


Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5778

I have heard, and my stomach is turned, regarding a recent matter where the Honor of the Torah has been cast downward to the lowest depths by empty and depraved individuals who have insulted one of the leading Torah educators in our generation. They have done so with various machinations that cannot even be put into print.  They act as sheep who have no shepherd, how there is no [longer any] fear of Heaven in this place!  Woe to us that such things have happened in our days!

Therefore, it is up to us to strengthen ourselves greatly in the study of Torah, as a mida keneged mida.  Through this we shall merit to raise the banner of our Holy Torah.

Chaim Kanievsky

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. the letter doesnt say anything about the protests it just says not to insult one of the leading Torah educators nowhere does it say that you could insult or deliginimize the gedolim that lead the peleg party


    This is only about one specific incident pertaining to one specific story. It is not about the movement, their protests, or their leader.

    YWN has become a one sided “newsite” recently. It is not our place to take sides of a machlokes in Eretz Yisroel. It would be better not to report about it and leave Eretz Yisroel politics there where it belongs.

  3. The context for this letter is not disclosed in the article. It involved members of Peleg who burst into the shiurim of other Roshei Yeshivos who do not side with Peleg, and disrupted the shiurim, and disgraced the Roshei Yeshivos. These were unprovoked. These Peleg bochurim are truly leaderless, as Rav Shmuel Auerbach would never approve of such behavior. It is simply the yeshivishe version of terror. Rav Chaim nailed it so well. The Peleg bochurim have become impassioned in their pursuit, and have abandoned all semblances of menchlichkeit in the process. How far our generation has fallen.

  4. Like 10314 I was shocked that the letter does NOT mention the terrible actions of the bochrim, their ‘leaders’ who call for such action, all it mentions is that ONE rabbi was insulted.

    This is very strange. Does Rav Kienievsky go along with such riots by yeshiva boys?

  5. It also doesnt say that it ok to destroy property,b lock traffic,block ambulances,steal ones time,spit it peoples Faces , steal peples cameras and cell phones or be mevatel talmud tora. And certainly not ok to be mechallel shem shamayim brabim which everyone knows is not allowed by anyone even if a rav tells you to do so

  6. He likely doesn’t know what’s happening with the protests etc. He was told about the particular incident to which he refers, and he was appalled. He basically writes that ‘I heard’ that this happened and I was very upset. In other words upset at what he heard if it’s true. He doesn’t mention any names of groups or of individuals because he doesn’t really know. It’s so ridiculous the way the gedoilim are used to be the mouthpieces of others, and the way the people think that there is a real statement of opinion of a gadol. There is no such opinion but simply that he is saying that he is upset to hear the things he hears.

  7. Someone screamed out during a drasho of Rav Yigal Rosen and Maran Hgaon R’ Chaim Kanievsky wrote a letter against such actions, and that people who do it are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’. The person who did it is not a part of any peleg organization or the like and is not backed by their newspaper or the like, it is very clear from the letter that R’ Chaim was not addressing the tens of thousands of followers of R’ Shmuel Auerbach, to insinuate otherwise is a bizayon to the kavod of R’ Chaim Kanievsky and motzi shem ra on tens of thousands of jews including many gedolei torah roshei yeshivos and talmidei chachamim and also simple false.