Audio: Rav Moshe Meir Weiss Discusses Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Letter to Mishpachas Kletzky


rav-moshe-meir-weiss[Audio below.] Following the tragic loss of Leiby Kletzky z”l, Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky penned a letter of chizuk to Leiby’s parents, Reb Nachman and Itta Kletzky of Boro Park.

In the rare, six-line, handwritten letter, Rav Chaim, who is known for his brevity, offers his heartfelt condolences to the Kletzky mishpacha.

Reb Eli Hoder, Foreign Affairs Commissioner of Bnei Brak,was present as Rav Chaim wrote the letter, and he faxed it to Mishpachas Kletzky, who were quite moved. [Click here for‘s earlier report regarding a letter from Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman to the family.]

A free translation of Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s letter follows:

Be”H, 19 Tammuz 5771

It is with great grief that we heard of the tragedy that has transpired to you. We don’t understand the calculations of Heaven, and this is surely a cheshbon (calculation) related to the neshamah in a prior ‘gilgul.’ May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim, and may you see him [Leiby] upon techias hameisim, speedily.

This week, Rav Moshe Meir Weiss, rov of Agudas Yisroel of Staten Island, renowned maagid shiur and noted mashpia, spoke about the tragedy and specifically how we are to understand Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s letter and his reference to gilgulim.

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  1. Amazing! How lucky we are to have such Gedolim shlit”a
    It is widely known that Rav Chaim rarely writes mores than a word or two! This is voluminous!
    Zollin Zei Verrin Nisnachaim!

  2. BS”D

    This in response to Itzik’s remark:

    I really don’t mean this in a negative way but I find part of your comment a bit interesting.

    Firstly, why do you find it amazing that a Godol would write a letter like this – even though he is normally known for his conciseness? This obviously isn’t a reg. Situation of course a Godol will acknowledge that.

    But yes I agree we are very lucky to have such Gedolim.

  3. I’m not such an expert on gilgul but what Rav Chayim could mean is that Leiby in a previous life, perhaps many generations ago, did something that required such a punishment. And now his neshoma is clean. Because Rabbi Weiss’ attempt to explain Rav Chaim’s letter only works to explain why he was niftar at an early age, not why he had to leave the world in a horrific manner.