Rav Chaim Kanievsky – The Koach of Shir HaShirim


KanievskyHaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita sees countless numbers of people seeking his advice and bracha, including people from all walks of life – Ashkenazim, Sephardim, frum, not-frum, litvish and chassidish.

The rav is quoted as recently saying to one visitor that with all the people who come to him he has come to realize “That Sephardim have less health issues and less serious issues.”

The rav explained that while Sephardim complain about discrimination in school, they seem to have less serious problems and this includes health issues.

When Rav Shalom Baruch Ganot asked the rav why he thinks this is so, the rav is quoted saying “Because the Sephardim are makpid to recite Shir HaShirim weekly” and there is a big segulah in reciting it weekly.

Rabbi Ganot is quoted by Kikar Shabbat adding “Maran did not make these remarks based on a comprehensive study but from his own feeling after meeting with so many people. There is no doubt that things show a keen perception from the rav regarding the tzoros of Am Yisrael and davens for them all the time.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The Sephardim also have greater Ahavat Yisroel. Their shuls and schools aren’t subdivided into “types” of frumkeit. They don’t use hats or clothing to differentiate one from the other. All types daven in Mizrahi shuls. They leave judgement of their fellow Jews where it belongs – in shamayim.

  2. #1 what in the world does that have to do with anything! you feel that Reb chaim gave his opinion and now we are all waiting with bated breath to here yours? some people my gosh!

  3. @#1. “The Sephardim also have much greater Kovod Rabbonim than Ashkenazim”. Your prove your own statement – I doubt a Sephardi would make a comment that contradicts a statement made by a godol hador.

  4. I read Shir haShirim from a Parchment scroll on Friday afternoons.

    If I were rich enough, I would read my Shenayim bMikro from a Sefer Toroh. Currently my finances only permit me to read my Shenayim bMikro from a Tikun.

  5. I don’t know why some came out against #1 (Toras Moshe). I’m sure his intention was just to bring out other Maalot of the Sefardim over the Ashkenazim. In a world where the Ashkenazim dominate we often overlook the great maalot of our brethren that are not. HaRav HaGaon Rav Chaim brought out one aspect (that was used to explain something) and “Toras Moshe” merely brought out another (not with the intention to explain, but rather to add shvach L’shvach). I’m sure Rav Chaim, shlita would not disagree with him.

    Worthwhile to give Dan L’chav Zechut!