While neighboring Tel Aviv is being targeted
by Gaza's terror organizations, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky has chosen to convey a calming message to the residents of his hometown, promising them that the city of Bnei Brak will not be hit by missiles.
Rabbi Kanievsky, a senior Lithuanian rabbi and one of the most important rabbis in Bnei Brak, published a letter on the front page of the Yated Ne'eman daily, which was sent to different rabbis.
"When Chazon Ish of blessed memory (Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz) said that there will be no bombs in Bnei Brak… that will certainly happen today too," Kanievsky wrote.
Rabbi Kanievsky's letter
The rabbi, who is the nephew of Chazon Ish (an Orthodox rabbi who was one of the leaders of haredi Judaism in Israel)
noted that "the words of righteous men are not necessarily abolished after their death" as the reason for Chazon Ish's promise still being valid today.
He also promised that "there is nothing to be afraid of."
The rabbi's letter in the Lithuanian journal follows advice he gave to a student from a yeshiva in southern Israel not to return to his learning institution but to remain in Bnei Brak.
Bnei Brak residents like to mention the fact that during the first Gulf War, missiles hit all the cities surrounding Bnei Brak, but not a single missile landed inside their city.