WATCH THIS: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Asked “Home For Sukkos, Or Voting?”


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Recently, a fascinating question was posed to the Sar HaTorah, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, about Israeli citizens that are currently abroad but have one opportunity to return temporarily to Eretz Yisroel.

Should they use that opportunity to come back to Eretz Yisroel for the Sukkos holiday or should they come back just for the Israeli elections?

Rav Chaim, after a brief pause, responded that they should return for the elections. This was his response even though they would not be in Eretz Yisroel for Sukkos.

When pressed as to what merit they would receive in doing this, Rav Chaim paused for a more significant amount of time and answered that they would merit wealth.

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  1. This fixation on having the Gadol Hador suggest that voting (presumably for one of the religious party slates) should take priority over just everything from making a bris to being in eretz hakodesh for succos seems to suggest a fear that Bibi is losing ground and we could see a Blue/White coalition forming in several week which will not be friendly to the Chareidi political agenda

  2. The fixation on posting negative comments related to Gedolim and Torah Hashkafa reflects a fear that Yidden will listen to Daas Torah and not take mindless internet posters nefarious comments seriously.

  3. No, Israel does not allow absentee ballots! There are polling stations in NY, DC, etc for diplomatic workers stationed there, but regular citizens must be present to vote. Through the 1990s and early 2000s both Likud and Labor famously even covered citizens’ airfare to get every vote possible and people made vacations out of it.

  4. Miriam: What is controversial about not allowing absentee ballots? Or is the need to reschedule your bris until after your trip to the polling station that warrants the need for Moishiach now?

  5. To u GadolHatorah and all “gedolim”;

    Voting in Israeli elections is NOT a mitzvah. On the contrary, Its sinful to be a part of an atheistic govt.
    With all due respect to Rav Chaim Shlita, I honestly dont think he said it. People absolutely have no problem stating things in his name.
    With respect to his many followers that do vote, I wont go into it.
    Voting is one thing and saying its a mitzvah is completely different.
    Not long ago there was a “self created storm” saying that Rav Chaim said that employers should send away their Arab employees. To state it mildly, it created a terrible matzav. One of the members of our Shul wrote to Rav Chaim asking him to explain his psak. And to all you people out there jumping up now, how dare we challenge the Rav, lemme tell you firsthand what the Rav wrote to the person that sent him the question. (Its highly understood that the matzav in EY is fragile enough and his words are taken very seriously, one would think its a dangerous psak).
    In his few sharp words Rav Chaim wrote back; “I NEVER SAID IT”.
    So that “never said psak”, that made huge headlines, was totally sucked out of nowhere creating an unnecessary storm of words that shldve never ever have made it to print.
    I absolutely am convinced that the Rav doesn’t hold that voting is a mitzvah, nor does he think people shld fly over to EY to vote.

  6. This Pesak unequivocally applies to each and every single Satmar as well as each and every single Peleg follower who is an Israeli citizen! Period!! No Exceptions!!