Rare Glimpse Of HaRav Chaim Kanivesky’s Torah On The Holocaust

HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky (Photo: Shuki Lehrer)

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Ahead of Yom HaShoah in Israel on Wednesday night, the organization Orchos Yosher publicized HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanivesky’s handwritten notes on an issue related to the Holocaust, B’Chadrei Chareidim reported.

Someone had asked a shaila of HaRav Chaim about naming a baby after someone who died in the Holocaust in light of the practice to refrain from naming someone who underwent terrible tzaros and/or died early.

HaRav Chaim wrote that the Holocaust was a general gezeira on the Jewish nation and not on each individual.

“Those who were killed due to the decrees of Hitler, yemach shemo – one shouldn’t worry about naming after them since it was an overall decree,” HaRav Chaim stated. “So I heard from my father, my teacher (the Steipler, z’tl).”

HaRav Chaim’s handwritten comments on the Holocaust.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. This is something so obvious, do we really need a gadol hador to tell us that.?
    would anyone in his right mind even think for a second, that one and a half million
    children deserved individually to be gassed and burned sometimes alive, or machined gun into open ditches.

  2. I am named after 1 of the 6 Million קדושים [with no extra name nor anything of that sort] and have already merited to live 13 years longer than the unfortunate person whom I was named for, so it’s a no brainer than we shall defeat hitler ימח שמו וזכרונו by having each single one of the 6 Million named for, without even a single exception.

  3. There is only one enigma relating to the Holocaust, which is a blaring Question. How can a loving Father instigate the killing maiming of so many of his children without leaving us with a clue of what we did wrong ??
    How can we correct this horrible Sin without knowing what the Sin is?
    Why would Hashem instigate so much hatred against us?
    Well, Pharoh’s people got drowned Middoh Kneged Midoh because they drowned the Yidden. It just follows thru logically that we have to start having Sincere love and empathy for people of other ethnicities, so that Hashem should reward us Middoh Kneged Middoh, and never again instigate hatred from the Nations against us; and never again bring onto us any Holocausts or Pogroms.