Gedolim Comment On Middle East Upheaval: Rav Chaim Kanievsky is Asked if it’s Gog Umagog


rav-chaim-kanievskyGedolei Torah have commented on the upheaval that is spreading through the Middle East, stating that the events are a clear proof on ikvesa deMeshicha.

Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman was quoted in the Israeli chareidi media as attributing the instability in the region to contemptuous attitudes towards limud haTorah.

“Recently it appears that there is a powerful effort to destroy and agitate the world of the Torah, through various attempts to prosecute kollelim and bnei yeshiva,” Rav Shteinman said. “When you try to agitate the world of the Torah, the Ribono Shel Olam agitates the world.”

Rav Shteinman explained that Chazal tell us that there is a connection between limud haTorah study and the stability and existence of the world.

rav-shteinman“The Ribono Shel Olam does great and strange things in the world, to make them deal with the (disasters) instead of looking for ways to mind those observing the Torah and mitzvos,” he said. “Because if they don’t learn Torah, it will continue to move closer to us.”

Rav Chaim Kanievsky has been quoted as remarking, “It is evident that many unnatural things are happening. People have come to me and said that it’s ‘Gog U’Magog’. We cannot know. But it’s probable that any unrest that the Ribono Shel Olam creates shows that Moshiach is coming, and that we must begin to prepare for it and become stronger.”

Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz said, “Hakadosh Boruch Hu brings down those feeling sinful pride. At first there was this little fire here, and a state that thought that it is big and strong suddenly needed help from the entire world. Not a war, nothing special, just a rav-michel-yehudah-lefkowitzsmall fire. When they continued to think that they are smart, and see everything and understand what to do and how to do it, Hakadosh Boruch Hu came and disturbed the nations, and here they are, scared again because they could not predict such a big thing, and again they do not know what to do. Hakadosh Boruch Hu is waiting to see when they will understand and become wiser.”

The one who does not see that Hashem is running the world, Rav Lefkowitz concluded, is not evil, but a fool.

{Yair Newscenter}


  1. In regard to that which you say Rav Gifter would say: Can you please keep the entire world informed in regard to anything else that which Rav Gifter might say: In fact If you have any other Gedolim with which you can somehow connect with – please let us know as well.

    Im sure many people are curious to what Rav Moshe, or the Chofetz Chaim may have said.

    Perhaps you can publish an entire collection?

    Yasher koach.

  2. #6.. why are YOU bothered with that? Our Gedolim are here to help us in any way possible.Nothing wrong with asking them about the shakeup of the world. Maybe they have a little “clearer, wiser” insight into world affairs. Don’t you think. efsher, a teefer blik!