Rav Chaim Kanievsky Discusses Reasons for Rav Elyashiv’s Arichas Yomim


rav-chaim-kanievskyAn elderly man visited Rav Chaim Kanievsky before Rosh Hashanah and asked for a bracha for arichas yomim, long life. After Rav Chaim gave him a bracha, the Yid asked Rav Chaim what the secret is behind the unusual arichas yomim of his father-in-law, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.

Rav Chaim replied that he cannot pinpoint the exact reason, but a possible reason might be based on the words of the Gemara which states regarding Torah, “Ki chayim heim lemotzeihem.” The Gemara derives from these words that a person should actually enunciate with his mouth words of Torah that he is learning. Throughout his life, Rav Elyashiv has always been very makpid to read aloud the words of Torah that he is learning.

Rav Chaim turned to the elderly man and said, “If you would like a segulah for long life, this one is certainly tried and tested.”

{Matzav.com Newscenter/Source: Yated Neeman}


  1. WoW. Can we get one of the Organizations in Eretz Yisroel to now get avreichim as shluchim to learn Gemorah for me (Chaim Daniyel ben Chana Michla) and pronunciate every word by the Kosel or in Miron? This could be a winning money maker.