Rav Chaim Kanievsky: We are Near the End


rav-chaim-kanievskyThis past week, as usual, a large number of people gathered at the home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Rechov Rashbam in Bnei Brak to seek his advice and bracha. One of the people, a public figure who heads a chessed organization, related to Rav Chaim the serious financial troubles his organization faces, in addition to the many other tzaros he witnesses, including the countless people who are ill.

As Rav Chaim was issuing a bracha to the man for the cholim whom he assists, the man turned to Rav Chaim and asked, “How does the Rov explain the troubles that Klal Yisroel is facing? For many years I have been involved in chessed activities and never do I remember a time during which Yidden have been plagued with such troubles. How do we explain this?”

All those present turned to Rav Chaim.

“It is well known,” said Rav Chaim, “that during the generation of Moshiach, Hakadosh Boruch Hu will clean out the generation of its aveiros and leave us clean in order to greet Moshiach. How does he clean us of our aveiros? With tzaros. That is the reason.”
One of the people in the room asked Rav Chaim, “But Rebbe, until when?”

Rav Kanievsky closed his eyes and told those assembled, “Believe me, we are already near the end. Really near the end.”

 {Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. >>> the man turned to Rav Chaim and asked, “How does the Rov explain the troubles that Klal Yisroel is facing? For many years I have been involved in chessed activities and never do I remember a time during which Yidden have been plagued with such troubles. How do we explain this?”

    People need to have some proper perspective, things have not been this GOOD for Yidden in over 2000 years. This the holocaust, pogroms, crusades, inquisitions, and then place our current tzures in perspective please.

  2. This is nothing new. Our Rabbanim have been saying this for years and anyone with eyes in their head can see that it is so. However there are 2 ways for Moshiach to come, one is through Yesurim, and the other is through Teshuvah. Lets try and bring Moshiach through Teshuvah.

  3. Yakov wanted to reveal the end, and he was stopped

    just live your lives, be a force for good, and stop looking at the finish line-“life is what happens when you are making other plans”-and I agree with the earlier post, that asks “o, life in the camps was easier than life now”?-

  4. Although we have always been troubled by the troubles of persecution, from the context it seems that he was referring to PERSONAL tzaros, which we may never have been plagued in the way we are now. I do not need to even give examples – we all are aware of more than enough tragic occurrences and situations, of various sorts r”l.

  5. There are all types of tzoros. If you watched the videos during Tisha B’Av, there are more Jews being lost to assimilation than to what Hitler could have ever wished.
    Are those not tzoros? Also there are all types of misha meshunos happening, which are unusual for our generation. With all the doctors inventing all types of cures, the malach hamaves has not been on vacation, nebach. Just read these headlines.
    I just went menachem avel the Menorah family who lost 4 members in one shot.
    And also, the Holocaust is also part of these tzoros of our generation.
    Let us hope that the words of Rav Chaim Kanievsky are truly what he said (gedolim get misquoted often)
    but either way, we say, “Achakeh lo b’chol yom sheyavo!” He can come even tonight!!!

  6. #13 (tooclose2detroit) has it right. This sentiment was succinctly expressed by Rav Chanoch Dovid Thoreau (the Rachdat) when on his deathbed he was asked about his preceptions of the Olam HaBah. He responded, “One world at a time.” That is the whole story.

  7. to those who have said that this is nothing compared to the Holocaust, etc., let me explain to you that in those times the Yidden didn’t have it as good at all, so they were already used to tzaros, but nowadays we’ve been accustomed to have everything go our way, so these tzaros rate high on the radar.

    If you don’t believe me, see the Ksav Sofer Parshas Shemos on the possuk “?????? ?? ?????” and in Parshas Bo on the possuk of the ??? ?????, and put the two vertlach together.

  8. I’ve heard that Moshiach will come only when the generation is Tzadiks, righteous and ready to receive him. I have also heard that Moshiach will only come when the generation is rasha, evil and furthest from Hashem–the presice time when Moshiach is needed most. Of course there is also the theory that Moshiach will come in or near the year 6000, the beginning of the sabbatical millenium.

    I have concluded that Moshiach will come only when Hashem wants. No preconditions what so ever.

  9. No tzurris? My business is bankrupt, my family is dieing from cancer and heart diseases, my friend’s chidren are getting thrown out of Yeshiva and going off the derech, my charvrusah lost his parnassah, my Shul is running out of cash and membership…
    And there is no tzurris? Sheket !!!

  10. I hope nobody takes advantage of this pronouncement to self-style himself as a Moshiach-sheker and try to capture the limelight. Don’t think it hasn’t been done before. Read the Sefer “M’shichei Sheker Umisnagdeihem” by Binyomin Hamburger to know just how often it has happened and how gullible we Jews have been throughout the generations as a result of someone taking advantage of pronoucements as this.

  11. Yes, the man who asked the question has apparently forgotten about tzaros of past penerations. Let’s hope these won’t repeat until Moshiach times.