Aryeh Golovnititz Visits Maran R’ Chaim Kanievsky Shlita


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golBeit Shemesh home developer Reb Aryeh Golovnititz, who last week was beaten by thugs opposed to his Beit Shemesh project, visited with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita.

According to a Kikar Shabbos report, Reb Aryeh told the Gadol Hador “They tell me that because I listen to the piskei Halacha of Gavaad Rav Sternbuch Shlita I am a rosh m’rusha”.

Rav Chaim is quoted responding with “ה’ יעזור שתינצלו מהם”.

Rav Yeshaya Epstein explained the details of the controversial construction in Beit Shemesh to Rav Chaim. He told them that signs of kvura were discovered in the building site and this prompted the Eida Chareidis and Asra Kadisha to oppose the construction. Rav Epstein explained that of late a kenos of the buyers was held and there was a decision that enjoyed overwhelming support to accept all the piskei Halacha of Ravaad Rav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita in the matter.

Despite the rulings of the Eida’s own Ravaad, some elements of the Eida remain opposed to the construction and on Monday for example, stormy protests took place in Beit Shemesh and in Meah Shearim against the construction project, leading to many arrests.

Reb Aryeh removed his jacket and rolled up a sleeve to show Rav Chaim his bruises from the beating last week. Rav Kanievsky gave him a warm bracha for continue success, clearly standing behind his continuing with the project.

Click HERE to see the many pashkavilim pertaining to the ongoing battle against the Beit Shemesh construction.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photos: Aryeh Ackerman, Chadashot 24)


  1. I don’t know the whole story, who is right, and who is wrong. Buy I just read that R’ Chaim set up a Vaad of 3 people who will look into this matter. And until then there will be no construction. This happned after 2 people from Asra Kadisha visited R’ Chaim last night. So obviously he didn’t buy there story as it’s quoted here in the article.

    All the Dayanim in the Eida except for R’ Shternbuch signed a letter not to dig there, as did other Rabannim.

    I’m not taking sides here, and I don’t condone any form of violence. But the fact that violence was used is not a Heter to dig.

  2. According to the version of this incident that appeared in B’Chadrei Chareidim, R’ Chaim, shlita, later received a visit from askanim of Asra Kadisha who presented their side of the story, and then appointed three dayanim to make an on-site inspection and report back to him with their findings, after which he would make a final determination. In the meantime, excavations were stopped.

    The impression I get is that everyone agrees that there are a large number of graves there but it’s not yet clear if they’re Jewish or not, and until it gets clarified no one wants to take responsibility for digging up what might be Jewish graves. A sheet was passed around with the psak of R’ Moshe Sternbuch, shlita, in which he says that he was nearly certain that they were not Jewish graves, but since it is possible to open some of the caves and be totally certain, he ruled that this should be done.

    According to the posters, Tuesday’s demonstrations were to be attended by R’ Meir Soloveichik, shlita, and R’ Mendel Attik, shlita, prominent Rosh Yeshivos.

    May the truth come out quickly.

  3. Protesters should immediately be arrested and drafted into the army. If they are protesting, they are not learning, and if they’re not learning there’s no reason not to be in the army.

  4. I think many are overlooking the main point here. It used to be in Europe that when they hired a new Rav for a kahilla the minhag was that on the first day the Rav would establish a new Takana for his new Kahilla. The purpose was to make it clear that the kahilla excepted his leadership unquestionably. If the B’Datz decided to except Rav Sternbach, shlita as their Ravaad, then his psak should be excepted by ALL their followers without question! Doing otherwise is an unforgivable breach in Kavod HaTorah!!!!

  5. @Softwords.

    You are wrong! The B’Datz is comprised of many dayonim and in any psak, it goes by the majority.

    One Dayen of a bes din cannot give out his own ruling when he disagrees with the majority. This has never happened before.

    The B’Datz did give out a psak, where the majority of the datonim including the G”aved forbid to dig

  6. #7 Alan Flam – did you see this article?

    In a directly related matter, Kikar Shabbos reported on Tuesday, 7 Elul that when approached in recent days regarding the construction project, Eida Gavaad HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss Shlita commented he will no longer be involved in the matter. – See more at: